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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 ... 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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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The last words spoken in this film (by the Red Death character) are "sic transit gloria mundi" which translates into English as "thus goes the glory of the world". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Man in red: Is my costume such a disguise that you don't recogbnize me?
Prospero: Your voice, it's familiar. Dottore Bernelli, that's who you are! Bernelli, you dog, thinking...
[pause, then realizing]
Prospero: You're not Bernelli.
Man in red: No. The doctor dances in the White Room... but I passesd close by him.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

UK BBC transmissions include the dialogue and face-slapping missing from all DVD releases as well as a scene, running around 50 secs, in which Hop Toad tells the female dwarf that no one will ever hit her again. See more »

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"The day of their deliverance is at hand."
18 November 2003 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

Once again scripted by Charles Beaumont and produced/directed by Roger Corman, Masque of the Red Death is a much-beloved horror film from a lost era. Movies will never again be made quite like this. It's filled with the same mad characters, gorgeous sets, and colorful dream sequences we're used to seeing from Corman. Vincent Price, however hammy he may be, is perfect as the Satan-worshiping Prince Prospero. This very well could be the most evil I have ever seen Price. The cast is fine but Patrick Magee is definitely worth mentioning. He is delightfully wicked. And the character of the Red Death itself is cryptic and cool. This is one of the most colorful horror pictures ever made. The sets are grand, the story is marvelous, and the ending is brilliant. Masque of the Red Death is perhaps the most expensive Poe production, but it's still not Corman's best. I leave that honor to The Pit and the Pendulum.


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