The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Unrated  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
David Weston ...
Patrick Magee ...
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Skip Martin ...
Hop Toad
Julian Burton ...
Señor Veronese
David Davies ...
Lead Villager
Gaye Brown ...
Señora Escobar
Verina Greenlaw ...
Doreen Dawn ...
Anna-Marie (as Doreen Dawne)
Brian Hewlett ...
Senor Lampredi


The evil Prince Prospero is 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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24 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La máscara de la muerte roja  »

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2.35 : 1
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Roger Corman shot this film in England to take advantage of British tax laws. By making this a British production with a British crew, the production got a government subsidy. See more »


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 »


Prospero: How like a worm you are. Be one.
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"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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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 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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