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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.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Charles Beaumont (screenplay), R. Wright Campbell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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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USA | UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

30 October 1964 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

La máscara de la muerte roja See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 (1962) and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) as his personal favorites among his own films. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie before Prospero sees the man in red, you see a blond woman dancing from left to right, the frame then jumps and the blond woman is once again on the left without having walked by. See more »

Quotes

Alfredo: Wherever did you find her?
Prospero: Pretty toy isn't she?
Alfredo: I wonder...
Prospero: I'm sure you do, Alfredo. I'm sure you wonder about every woman in my household... everyone with the appearance of innocence, that is.
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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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Edited into The Unauthorized Hagiography of Vincent Price (2014) See more »

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A slap in the face for Corman's critics! An atmospheric and imaginative adaptation of one of Poe's most intriguing stories.
30 January 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Roger Corman frequently gets a hard time from misguided movie snobs who look down on b-grade and exploitation movies. While Corman undoubtedly was involved in more than his fair share of silly schlock (usually as a producer rather than a director), he also made some wonderful movies that are criminally underrated. Some of his best movies as a director were the series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations he made in the Sixties starring horror legend Vincent Price. 'The Masque Of The Red Death' is quite possibly the very best in the series. It is certainly the most unusual and imaginative. Now I'm not sure whether it was filmed in Britain or not, but Price is supported by a largely British cast which includes Jane Asher ('The Stone Tape'), Hazel Court (Hammer's 'Curse Of Frankenstein'), and the legendary character actor Patrick Magee ('Dementia 13', 'A Clockwork Orange'). That and the fact that the cinematographer is none other than Nic Roeg(!), later to become famous for such classics as 'Performance', 'Don't Look Now' and 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', leads me to believe that it was made in England. The involvement of the aforementioned, and a strong script co-written by the talented Charles Beaumont (try and track down some of his short stories, you'll be impressed), make this a memorable experience. But Corman's direction should be given credit, and the single best thing about it is Vincent Price himself, who gives one of his very best performances. This movie has it all, striking visuals, an intriguing plot (with a stronger Satanic theme than generally seen in most mainstream horror movies), good acting, suspense, plenty of atmosphere, and some striking dream-like imagery many have compared to Bergman's 'Seventh Seal'. 'The Masque Of The Red Death' is one of Roger Corman's greatest achievements and one of the very best horror movies made in the 1960s. It has lost very little of its impact over the years and is still essential viewing for any horror fan, or anybody who appreciates imaginative cinema.


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