The Masque Of The Red Death (1964)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  

USA, 1964.  .  Screenplay by , , based on the story by .  Cinematography by .   Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

This adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s story is not in any way scary, but don’t let that stop you from watching it. As a tale of the macabre it is very enjoyable, highlighted by ‘s hammy portrayal of Prospero and the colourful cinematography by future film director Nicholas Roeg.  Prospero is an Italian nobleman who cripples his villagers with taxes and then burns their homes to the ground. When he discovers that the “Red Death” is taking over the countryside, he invites all the nobles of the area to his home for a lavish masque where they will wait out the epidemic in safety. To further amuse himself, he brings along a young village girl () and her insolent boyfriend and old father to keep locked up in safety. Asher decides to make the best of the situation until she realizes that something equally diabolical is going on inside the castle as well as without! Lots of fun.


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