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With a deadly plague ravaging his Renaissance kingdom, Prince Prospero invites his friends to retire to the protection of his castle for ongoing revels, leaving the peasantry to die. But fate is not so easily escaped by the debauched nobility.Written by
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I thought I would be bored to watch a remake of Corman's classic from 1964, but, although this movie was produced by Corman, it is not remake at all, but a completely new adaptation of Po. Sure, the essence of the story and some basic points of the plot are more or less the same, but the screenplay is very different, more complex and much better. There are less monologue and more dialogue, and good ones too, and visually this movie is more convincing than Corman's version. Still, although this movie is in every aspect better than its predecessor, it lacks impressibility Corman achieved by skillful use of vibrant colours, and of course, legendary Vincent Price. To be fair, Adrian Paul nailed the role of Prospero, but Price has that something, that "X factor", that makes all of his appearances, even in bad movies, unforgettable. And it does not matter that Paul may be better Prospero than Price, he simply is not Price. Price is Price and, once you see him in any role, no one will ever be able to fill his shoes in remakes to come.
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