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
Average Shot Length = ~7.4 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~7.5 seconds. See more »
When Francesca (Jane Asher) awakens from her nap, she picks up a green candle from the bedside table and uses it to light her way in spite of the fact that the room is not dark. Despite the heavy wind blowing in from the open balcony, the flame of the candle does not blow out. See more »
"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all."- the final line of the original Poe story. See more »
The German Blu-ray restores some cuts of the MGM version. Jane Asher is kicked in the face by Vincent Price's guard while she is saying the sentence 'Mercy in the name of God'. In the MGM releases (including the DVDs and the US Blu-ray) the kick and '..of God' is missing. Around 20:30 Min. into the movie there is a scene where the camera zooms in on a black gate and then switches to a scene with Vincent Price going through the hall of his castle. The zoom is slightly longer on the German Blu-ray (most likely a frame cut in the MGM releases), thus in the next scene the music sets in immediately in the German Blu-ray whereas it takes almost two seconds in the MGM release. Also the German Blu-ray features the Francesca bathtub scene in its uncensored version as a deleted scene. See more »
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 Hop-Frog...it 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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