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The Raven (1963)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror  |  25 January 1963 (USA)
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A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help in this film loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem.

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Lenore Craven
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Estelle Craven
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Rexford Bedlo
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Maid
William Baskin ...
Grimes
Aaron Saxon ...
Gort
John Dierkes ...
corpes of Rodrick Craven (uncredited)
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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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$200,000 (estimated)
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Jack Nicholson always gave high praise to everyone he worked with on the set, except one - the Raven. He said the Raven pooped on everyone, but especially liked to poop on him; he later said: "I would look down when the Raven flew off my shoulder, and it would be covered in poop....I hated that bird." See more »

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(at around 29 mins) Dr. Craven has just knocked out Grimes the carriage master with a green laser beam from the tip of his finger. I sent this correction in just a few minutes ago and incorrectly called Grimes, Gort the giant, my mistake, sorry. This is to correct by previous mistake. Thanks. See more »

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[Craven and Bedloe enter the family crypt. It is full of dust and spider webs]
Dr. Bedloe: Hard place to keep clean, huh?
Dr. Craven: Yes, I very seldom get down here.
[Craven begins to unseal the coffin of his father as Bedloe brushes dust from the coffin lid]
Dr. Craven: Thank you.
[Craven opens the coffin lid, he loses his grip and it falls, smashing Bedloe's wing]
Dr. Bedloe: Ouuuu!
Dr. Craven: I'm sorry.
[Craven opens the coffin lid and looks at his father's corpse]
Dr. Craven: . Forgive me papa.
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'Olde Worlde' horror mixes laughs and chills
31 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

THE RAVEN

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)

Sound format: Mono

During the 15th century, an evil sorcerer (Boris Karloff) lures his arch rival (Vincent Price) to a lonely castle where they fight a magical duel to the death.

Handsomely mounted on some of the most lavish sets ever created for AIP's Poe series, THE RAVEN toplines Price, Karloff and Peter Lorre for the first time in their careers, alongside a very young Jack Nicholson (making the most of a juvenile supporting role). Richard Matheson's clever script turns the faux seriousness of earlier Poe pictures on its head, countering Price's overwrought histrionics with a series of rude rejoinders from Lorre, who relishes his role as a cowardly magician whose divided loyalties place everyone around him in danger. Price and Karloff are worthy adversaries, and their climactic duel is one of the most celebrated set-pieces in horror movie history, despite some fairly obvious trick-work. Floyd Crosby's expansive cinematography and Daniel Haller's 'olde worlde' art direction conspire to render a suitably Gothic atmosphere, though the movie derives most of its strength from the quality of its dialogue and performances. Directed by Roger Corman.


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