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606 Ratings

The Masque of the Red Death

Directed by Roger Corman
United States, United Kingdom, 1964
Fantasy, Horror


Prince Prospero watches as the Red Plague kills the peasants in his village. Desiring Francesca, he takes her to his castle along with her husband and father, so as to make her a bride of Satan at a masked ball. When a hooded stranger arrives, Prospero is perplexed by the unexpected visitor.

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The Masque of the Red Death Directed by Roger Corman

Critics reviews

Visually flashy and narratively brazen, an expanded adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s tale of carnal pleasure and immodest desire for immortality… key moment comes when the righteous Francesca, rescued by her lover, bestows a mournful parting kiss on Prospero that suggests she is better off for the sweet perversity he has introduced her to. The gesture illustrates Corman’s boundless talent for never taking himself—or his characters, for that matter—too seriously.
July 21, 2017
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From its initial moments of burning violence until its bloody end, this film perfectly captures why Corman’s Poe era is his best. While the film takes its time to get to the ball, the moment horror fans Poe wait for, it manages, through new imagery, to put forward a political interpretation of the tale.
April 06, 2016
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