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The Raven (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 25 January 1963 (USA)
A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help.

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In this tongue-in-cheek movie inspired by Poe's poem, Dr. Craven is the son of a great sorcerer (now dead) who was once himself quite skilled at that profession, but has since abandoned it. One evening, a cowardly fool of a magician named Bedlo comes to Craven for help - the evil Scarabus has turned him into a raven and he needs someone to change him back. He also tells the reluctant wizard that Craven's long-lost wife Lenore, whom he loved greatly and thought dead, is living with the despised Scarabus. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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According to Roger Corman, Peter Lorre's improvisations confused both Vincent Price and Boris Karloff, but Price adapted to it well while Karloff struggled. See more »

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At about 29:18 into the movie, Dr. Craven has just knocked out Grimes with a green laser beam from his index finger. Grimes is on his back on the ground with his hands on his head and his shirt up over his chest. The next second, from the next camera angle, Dr. Craven gets up and Grimes' hands are at his sides and his shirt is rearranged back to just above his knees. See more »

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Dr. Craven: [watching Dr. Bedloe as a raven drinking from the chalice] Why pardon my soul!
Dr. Bedloe: Never mind your soul Start concentrating on getting me back to my rightful form!
Dr. Craven: Your rightful form?
Dr. Bedloe: Well, what do you think I was born this way?
Dr. Craven: Well, I-I have it you are under an enchantment!
Dr. Bedloe: Took you long enough to find that out!
[flies onto a chair]
Dr. Bedloe: Lets get to work. Well, go ahead, do something!
Dr. Craven: But what?
Dr. Bedloe: Restore me to my rightful form.
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A delight
1 August 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Several masters of horror and mystery gather here to have fun with Poe and the horror genre in general. The duel of the magicians is a hoot, and Peter Lorre in a bird suit is delightful. One of the best horror spoofs ever made.


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