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The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

 -  Horror  -  24 June 1964 (USA)
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A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Juliana
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Francesca
David Weston ...
Gino
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Ludovico
Patrick Magee ...
Alfredo
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Scarlatti
Skip Martin ...
Hop Toad
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Guard
Julian Burton ...
Señor Veronese
David Davies ...
Lead Villager
Gaye Brown ...
Señora Escobar
Verina Greenlaw ...
Esmeralda
Doreen Dawn ...
Anna-Marie (as Doreen Dawne)
Brian Hewlett ...
Senor Lampredi
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Storyline

Satan-worshiper Prince Prospero invites several dozen of the local nobility to his castle for protection against an oncoming plague, the Red Death. Prospero orders his guests to attend a masked ball and, amidst a general atmosphere of debauchery and depravity, notices the entry of a mysterious hooded stranger dressed all in red. Believing the figure to be his master, Satan, Prospero is horrified at the revelation of his true identity. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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24 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La máscara de la muerte roja  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Pathécolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Corman had originally wanted this to be his second "Poe" picture following the success of House of Usher (1960). He passed it over because he felt that certain plot elements were too close to Ingmar Bergman's recent The Seventh Seal (1957). See more »

Goofs

Prospero gives "Belial" as an alternative name for Satan. In virtually all sources this is the name of a demon, not Satan himself. See more »

Quotes

Prospero: That cross you wear around your neck; is it only a decoration, or are you a true Christian believer?
Francesca: Yes, I believe - truly.
Prospero: Then I want you to remove it at once! And never to wear it within this castle again!
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"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all."- the final line of the original Poe poem. See more »

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Price at his Most Wicked!
26 September 1999 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Roger Corman has done an outstanding job with this film, possibly the best of his Poe adaptations. Although the film really is an incorporation of two Poe stories....The Masque of the Red Death and Hop-Frog...it is an excellent, atmospheric, quality piece of entertainment. At the core of the film's strength are the performance of Price as the evil, malignant, malicious Prince Prospero, follower of the devil and cruel sovereign of an area plagued with a all-consuming Red Death, and the fabulous period sets and costumes, many borrowed from the film Beckett. Price is at his best, and his turn as Prospero easily ranks as his most sinister and wicked performance(closely running against his portrayal of a witch hunter in The Conquerer Worm). Vincent Price blends outrageous showmanship with intricate subtleties of a man reasoning why he is what he is. The dialogue certainly is more important than the action in the story...a reason why some viewers(younger ones more than likely) will find film a bit tiresome. The sets and costumes are just gorgeous and the film looks like the most lavish ever made by Corman and company. A true modern masterpiece of the horror cinema!


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