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The Masque of the Red Death
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The Masque of the Red Death

1964
Horror
1h 29m
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Rated 23 Oct 2009
90
96th
A masterpiece of the macabre. Looks and sounds fantastic, the story is fun and interesting, and Price delivers a brilliant performance as the evil Prince Prospero aided by a script that perfectly suits his style.
Rated 24 Apr 2010
84
80th
Much better than it has any right to be. The hallucination sequence is obviously influenced by Anger and brilliant in its own right, and the end squeezes in a bit of understated theology.
Rated 22 Mar 2009
75
54th
The best of Corman's Poe adaptations, this is arguably Rog's greatest directorial effort ever, even reaching into Ingmar Bergman territory -- especially in those eerily poignant tableaux showing a crimson-cloaked Death marching wearily but inexorably through ravaged, fog-enshrouded forests. Price plays decadent, sadistic, Devil-worshipping Prince Prospero. While there are touches of humor here, this is a generally somber affair reeking of depravity and doom.
Rated 17 Feb 2009
73
66th
Bordering on greatness, this is definitely the best LOOKING of the Corman/Poe/Price series (thanks to Nicholas Roeg). Great ending too!
Rated 19 Sep 2008
85
84th
Ranks at the top of both Prices and Cormans careers with excellent cinematography from Roeg. The Poe connection is a bit sketchy, but that's the norm really (not unlike filmed Lovecraft tales). Oh, and this movie finally confirms what most of us knew all along: That Price is in a league with Satan.
Rated 24 Jan 2012
90
94th
This movie far surpassed my expectations. It is striking to see the portrayal of a world that definitely contains a supernatural cosmic order but has such a confused moral code that conveys something closer to amorality.
Rated 01 Feb 2011
80
78th
It's great to see such a risky genre picture. Even though all the risks don't pan out (the dated "trippy Satan hallucination" sticks out as one such example), there are more hits than misses: the gorgeous use of color in the sets/costuming, the bleak amorality that pervades the film, and the commanding performance of Price as one of film's most sadistic villains all contribute to an atmosphere of fantastic dread.
Rated 10 Feb 2021
75
72nd
A very entertaining and very handsomely made Poe adaptation. Price is excellent value for money as usual - a complete bastard. Patrick Magee is generally a bastard in everything I've seen him in as well. I didn't recognise Jane Asher at first - she used to be on telly making cakes, but she does fine here. If some of it doesn't pay off entirely, there's still plenty to enjoy.
Rated 13 Oct 2020
77
90th
Very fun, sometimes accidentally so. The original story always fascinated me, and this take on it is curious and interesting. It turned a short story into a full movie by heavily exploring satanist panic themes, and by including in parts of another of Poe's stories (the little people and the monkey thing). They want you to know of the rich men's debauchery, and they try to make up for the less impressive painted sets and theater accessories by adding layers of sins. The ending disappoints a bit
Rated 22 Mar 2007
100
95th
So intellectual that only Roger Corman could have gotten away with making it, thus proving the old Vulcan precept "Only Nixon could go to China". Brilliant, unforgettable work from all concerned
Rated 23 Jun 2012
80
74th
Suffers perhaps inevitably from the need for having to flesh out what is after all a rather slight story plotwise. And Asher behaves as though she's Marcia Brady stumbling into a nest of Satan's handiwork; she seems rather comatose throughout, and is exactly the same at the end as she was at the beginning. But Price's villain is indeed a formidable one. Additionally, the sets are quite colorful and imaginative, thus helping to make this movie an unending feast for the eye.
Rated 28 Apr 2020
70
54th
It's fun to see all these villainous characters, particularly Vincent Price, talking so openly about their love of Satan. There's nothing to do but hold bomb-ass parties and be openly, flamboyantly evil. Included some striking costume designs, and some subplots that didn't have much of anything to do with anything, featuring a little girl who was supposed to be playing a little person, so they dubbed her with an adult's voice.
Rated 24 Nov 2008
8
85th
Price's Prospero is the ultimate douchebag. The ending surprised me, much better than any Shyamalan twist.
Rated 09 Jan 2022
75
41st
Definitely great to look at w/ alot of colorful production design. Corman also delivers some eye-catching pans & compositions. Price is also great playing one of the most evil characters in film history, which is inherently compelling, as it is when things veer into Satanism, which is unexpected for '64. But there are 2 tangential subplots (Juliana & the dwarf) which build to not much & padding (the hallucination). W/ Death as a main character it also becomes too stylized & easily resolved.
Rated 09 Oct 2012
74
40th
Price is fun as always, but it lacks a bit of momentum and a lot of its impact relies on the subject matter which isn't all that interesting 50 years later.
Rated 20 Sep 2010
71
87th
Of Roger Corman's Edgar Allen Poe adaptations this one is by general consensus the best one. Nice use of color. Very literate screen play. Price is very effective and his "hammy" acting style is totally appropriate here.
Rated 19 Mar 2019
75
65th
Omg That hallucination scene. I mean in general the look of this thing is crazy. The colours pop! Bizarrely beautiful ending
Rated 01 Aug 2023
60
35th
That first hour is pretty draggy, especially for a B-movie (and knowing this is from a *short* story). But the last twenty minutes goes all out with some low-tech sequences that turn this into a much better movie than what I was expecting.
Rated 18 Dec 2014
71
70th
This was always my favorite Poe story because it's just about everyone dying. This adaptation adds a love story that is met with expected indifference. The visual feast of lavish sets and costumes more than makes up for it though. Price is as decadent as ever. It was worth the watch if only because I got to use the word lavish in this very review. Something about a Winnie the Pooh doll thrown haphazardly on the floor that eliminates using that word even in the sacredly guarded guest room.
Rated 19 Feb 2007
45
25th
Decent horror.
Rated 15 May 2013
90
86th
Corman made this in like two weeks on no budget, and still made something with a killer (heh) ending. Like a true G.
Rated 13 Nov 2020
70
55th
70.1.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
51st
One of the first Vincent Price movies I ever saw, it's a campy presentation of plague and death during the Middle Ages, with a great ending.
Rated 28 Sep 2023
79
89th
Surprisingly great, easily the best of Corman's & Price's that I've seen. Gorgeous use of color and a fantastic ending.
Rated 02 Jan 2015
50
0th
Roger Corman #8
Rated 16 Jul 2021
68
69th
Vincent Price really makes this movie work. The sets are also quite good.
Rated 02 Sep 2013
50
30th
Price really annoys me here.
Rated 28 Jan 2014
64
36th
Vincent Price makes every movie better by approximately 30 percent. I've done the math, I know.
Rated 07 Sep 2009
80
62nd
A fun movie, with a great visual style. Price puts on an engaging performance, and most of the supporting players are a blast to watch.
Rated 11 Oct 2020
95
86th
Terrifying and made my skin crawl. One of Price's best and most evil performances.
Rated 02 Dec 2006
70
26th
Really boring
Rated 02 May 2018
80
55th
Hail, Satan; Smoke meth.
Rated 20 Apr 2014
70
39th
69.500
Rated 22 Dec 2015
100
0th
"Just because Corman is incapable, which he is, of making a Bergman film, it's unfortunate that that didn't happen." http://illusionpodcast.blogspot.com/2015/12/episode-84-edgar-allan-poe-adaptations.html
Rated 08 Oct 2023
6
44th
Everything in this film seems totally heightened and unsubtle by modern standards-But it’s all good fun.
Rated 19 Jul 2022
67
47th
Vincent Prick
Rated 18 Jan 2011
71
46th
70.750
Rated 09 Apr 2020
90
87th
The artiest and most contemplative of the Poe series, with nods to Bergman and a semi-serious contemplation of the nature of evil. Price is in top form, but, as always, Magee walks off with the film.
Rated 19 Oct 2022
69
36th
A goofy but mostly fun low budget B movie that has some A movie production values due to borrowing some Oscar nominated sets that had been used on the higher budget Becket earlier in the year. There are some very memorable images here (the hallucination film, for instance), some of the cinematography is stunning, and Price is fun as always. Didn't quite all come together for me, but there's a lot to like here.
Rated 25 Sep 2020
60
26th
A B-movie with some flourish, MASQUE's best qualities involve its use of color and Price's all-in hammy performance. The final masquerade ball in particular has a great atmosphere.
Rated 26 Oct 2023
76
73rd
"Death has no master." Corman knows what this needs: Just slather everything in technicolor, have a good and an evil woman, and let Vincent Price vincentprize. Sure it's slow in the middle, but it takes Poe with just the amount of goth-opera seriousness it needs for the plot to work and for Price's smug villain (how did he play villains and heroes with the exact same energy?) to have a canvas to paint on. "You're mad!" "Yet I live and you will die." Sic transit gloria mundi.
Rated 28 Apr 2013
80
57th
Roeg's beautiful cinematography, and Robert Jones' colorful art direction more than make up for Vincent Price's lackadaisical meanderings as the notorious Prince Prospero.
Rated 09 Nov 2023
63
83rd
Satanism chic.

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