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The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Not Rated | | Horror | 30 October 1964 (Ireland)
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:
... Prince Prospero
... Juliana
... Francesca
... Gino
... Ludovico
... Alfredo
Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Scarlatti
... Guard
Julian Burton ... Señor Veronese
David Davies ... Lead Villager
... Hop Toad
Gaye Brown ... Señora Escobar
... Esmeralda
Doreen Dawn ... Anna-Marie (as Doreen Dawne)
Brian Hewlett ... Senor Lampredi
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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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Also Known As:

La máscara de la muerte roja  »

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Hop Toad's wife, Esmeralda, was played by Verina Greenlaw who was only a child at the time. Her dialog was looped by an adult actress. See more »

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Despite Prospero warning the guests not to wear red to the masque, several people are wearing red: capes, hats etc. See more »

Quotes

Guard: [as Gino escapes into the woods] Where doth the rabbit run?
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Guard: He fears Prospero more than the Red Death!
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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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superb Poe adaptation
12 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Possibly the best of the Roger Corman-Vincent Price series of film adaptations of the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, 'The Masque of the Red Death' is a chilling and malevolent tale of decadent devil-worshippers holed up in a castle while the Red Death claims its victims in the village outside.

Vincent Price was a gloriously hammy actor who played horror roles with the utmost seriousness. His characterization of Prince Prospero in this movie is brilliant - a man without a soul or heart who is only conquered when a girl of equal faith enters his castle (the wooden Jane Asher as Francesca). In support Hazel Court as the would-be Bride of Satan Juliana, and Patrick Magee as the corrupt Alfredo are particularly worthy of note.

The dwarf's revenge on Alfredo during the masque is as chilling as anything which came before in films such as 1932's 'Freaks'; while the film shimmers with beautiful cinematography (especially the coloured rooms) and simmers with corruption. The combined effect is superb and makes the film a memorable experience.


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