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The Raven (1963)

A magician, who has been turned into a raven, turns to a former sorcerer for help.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Edgar Allan Poe (poem)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Erasmus Craven
Peter Lorre ... Dr. Adolphus Bedlo
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Scarabus
Hazel Court ... Lenore Craven
Olive Sturgess ... Estelle Craven
Jack Nicholson ... Rexford Bedlo
Connie Wallace Connie Wallace ... Maid
William Baskin William Baskin ... Grimes
Aaron Saxon Aaron Saxon ... Gort
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Storyline

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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The Macabre Masterpiece of Terror! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuervo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Strings attached to the chair Vincent Price is sitting on are clearly visible at the end of the chair flying scene. See more »

Quotes

[Estelle enter her room. Rexford is hiding behind the door and covers her mouth to prevent her from screaming]
Rexford Bedlo: Shhhhhh.
[Estell struggles with a muffled scream]
Rexford Bedlo: I was afraid you would scream.
[he uncovers her mouth and releases his grip on her]
Estelle Craven: Is anything wrong?
Rexford Bedlo: Don't be alarmed but I'm afraid Dr. Scarabus killed my father.
Estelle Craven: Killed him?
Rexford Bedlo: Yes, during the dueling I observed Dr. Scarabus making furtive gestures with his fingers. Now we must speak to your father.
Estelle Craven: But I already have. He trusts Dr. ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

One version has the climactic wizard duel without the rotoscoped bolts of magic. See more »

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Featured in Madhouse (1974) See more »

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Absolute Magic!
19 September 1999 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Clever dialogue, gothic scenery, and three old masters of horror make this film a delight to watch...over and over again. It is not very often one gets a chance to see three horror legends...Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, and Peter Lorre(plus a young Jack Nicholson)...in any movie, especially one with competent and stylized direction by a Roger Corman and a witty script by some guy named Richard Matheson( a legend in the horror and sci-fi genres and the one author that influenced Stephen King more than any other). The talent alone insures success and each of these respective masters delivers in this film. The story has virtually nothing to do with the Poe poem...but who cares with a cast like this. Peter Lorre steals every scene he is in and chews the scenery left and right. Hazel Court has a small role as the beautiful Lenore, and she turns in a good performance as well. But in the end it is the King of Horror and the Crown Prince of Horror...Karloff and Price...that make this movie a magical experience, particularly in their duel of magic at the climax of the film. Get some popcorn, a nice big drink, and turn the lights out and have fun with The Raven.


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