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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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With a deadly plague ravaging his Renaissance kingdom, Prince Prospero invites his friends to retire to the protection of his castle for ongoing revels, leaving the peasantry to die. But ... See full summary »

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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

The evil Prince Prosperois riding through the Catania village when he sees that the peasants are dying of Red Death plague. Prospero asks to burn down the village and he is offended by the villagers Gino and his father-in-law Ludovico. He decides to kill them, but Gino's wife, the young and beautiful Francesca, begs for the lives of her husband and her father and Prospero brings them alive to his castle expecting to corrupt Francesca. Propero worships Satan and invites his noble friends to stay in his castle that is a shelter of depravity against the plague. When Prospero invites his guests to attend a masked ball, he sees a red hooded stranger and he believes that Satan himself has attended his party. But soon he learns who his mysterious guest is. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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SHUDDER... at the blood-stained dance of the Red Death! TREMBLE... to the hideous tortures of the catacombs of Kali! GASP... at the sacrifice of the innocent virgin to the vengeance of Baal! See more »

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Horror

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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

In an in-depth interview in the cult Cinema Retro magazine (Issue #18), Corman nominated The Masque of the Red Death (1964) alongside _The Intruder_ and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) as his personal favorites among his own films. 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

Gino: I'm afraid! I'm afraid!
Man in red: I give you a sign.
[He hands Gino a playing or tarot card]
Gino: [stares at the card, then] What does it mean?
Man in red: Mankind.
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Crazy Credits

"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all."- the final line of the original Poe story. See more »

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Jane Strikes Out Vincent
29 May 2004 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

Baseball writers like to say that while fans pay to see home runs, it's actually pitching that wins ball games. The great teams are always strong up the middle, whether a power hitter is in the line-up or not.

Vincent Price was the Babe Ruth of horror. Always at his chilling best, he gave hundreds of brilliant performances, but made only a handful of good movies. Why? He always hit home runs, yet most of the time he had to be the whole show. Evil was alive in his movies but good was either shadowy or non-existent.

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH is a masterpiece because for once Vincent is up against goodness that is rich, alluring, attractive and unique. Jane Asher gives an indelible performance as Francesca, the village girl who refuses to be cowed or corrupted by the suave, satanic lord. Though so waif-like and fragile that she could almost be a child, the beautiful redhead has the courage of her convictions and the real dignity of innocence.

Watch the early scene where she is roughly undressed by handmaidens and forced into a hot bath in order to become more ladylike. Evil Count Prospero comes in to leer at her, of course, and she confronts him. While the steamy sensuality is certainly there, the astonishing thing is the dignity with which Francesca conducts herself. Once the evil lord is gone, she rises from her bath (discreetly wrapped in a towel) and announces to Prospero's jaded mistress Juliana, "I will do what I must to save my men. But if they die, I will die -- and so will Prince Prospero."

For once Vincent Price has something to work against, and the result is the richest, most colorful and rewarding film of his career. In the story line Jane strikes out Vincent, as Prospero is ultimately defeated -- but for once the slugger is playing on a World Series team.


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