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The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Unrated | | Horror | 30 October 1964 (Ireland)
A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.

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Francesca
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Gino
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Alfredo
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Scarlatti
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Guard
Julian Burton ...
Señor Veronese
David Davies ...
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Hop Toad
Gaye Brown ...
Señora Escobar
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Esmeralda
Doreen Dawn ...
Anna-Marie (as Doreen Dawne)
Brian Hewlett ...
Senor Lampredi

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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

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Also Known As:

La máscara de la muerte roja  »

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Roger Corman had originally wanted this to be his second "Poe" picture following the success of House of Usher (1960). He passed it over because he felt that certain plot elements were too close to Ingmar Bergman's recent The Seventh Seal (1957). See more »

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Prospero gives "Belial" as an alternative name for Satan. In virtually all sources this is the name of a demon, not Satan himself. See more »

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Scarlatti: Sir, at least spare my wife. I give her to you to do what you please.
Prospero: I've already had that doubtful pleasure.
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Crazy Credits

"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all."- the final line of the original Poe story. See more »

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Pretty Good for the Genre
17 February 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

A reviewer linked to this site described "The Masque of the Red Death" as Bergmanesque. A Roger Corman film Bergmanesque? Since I've only seen one Ingmar Bergman film, and it bored me silly, this was not much of an endorsement.

When I was a kid and Corman's Edgar Alan Poe adaptations were new, they scared the be-jeebers out of me. So would have "The Masque of the Red Death". After watching the movie recently, I didn't gain any insight into Mr. Bergman's film style, but I was entertained. And happily, the movie is free of the campy acting that seeps into so many of the Corman opus. Especially good is Vincent Price as the Satan-worshipping Prince Prospero, in whose castle his debauched guests wait out the plague that is ravishing the countryside. Dark and grotesque, this is an excellent example of Corman's work. Actually, one of the best I've seen.


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