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The Masque of the Red Death (1989)

R | | Horror | 8 May 1992 (Portugal)
Lovely photographer Rebecca winds up in a Bavarian castle at a "Masque of the Red Death" party hosted by the wealthy Ludwig. Mayhem ensues as assorted Poe story devices start doing away with the guests.


Alan Birkinshaw


Edgar Allan Poe (story), Michael J. Murray (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Stallone ... Duke
Brenda Vaccaro ... Elaina Hart
Herbert Lom ... Ludwig
Michelle McBride Michelle McBride ... Rebecca Stephens
Christine Lunde Christine Lunde ... Colette (as Christine Lundé)
Christobel d'Ortez Christobel d'Ortez ... Dr. Karen
Simon Poland ... Max
Foziah Davidson Foziah Davidson ... Kitra
Lindsay Reardon Lindsay Reardon ... Dallon
Godfrey Charles Godfrey Charles ... Hans
Andrew Barrett Andrew Barrett ... Jimmy (as Andy Barrett)
Paul Andrews Paul Andrews ... Gameskeeper
Deon Opperman Deon Opperman ... Magician
Dominique Dominique ... Statue Couple
Nico Britz Nico Britz ... Statue Couple


Lovely photographer Rebecca winds up in a Bavarian castle at a "Masque of the Red Death" party hosted by the wealthy Ludwig. Mayhem ensues as assorted Poe story devices start doing away with the guests.

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No one who sees his face lives to tell about it.




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Release Date:

8 May 1992 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Máscara Vermelha da Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Completed and released theatrically in limited release in 1989. The film was finally released on video tape 2 years later in 1991. See more »


Featured in Svengoolie: Masque of the Red Death (2000) See more »


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Written by Eugene Havenga and Johan Laas
Performed by Lorraine Southwick, Melody Bracey and April Sack
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Should have known better

I gave this film a try for a couple of reasons, first of which being that I'm a die-hard Poe fan. However, every film made that uses Poe's name has made a mockery of his work - Haunting of Morella, House of Usher, Ulli Lommel's The Raven - all horrible films. I'd have to put this beside Morella as the best of the Poe films but that isn't saying much. The other reason I picked this flick up is because it stars Subspecies' Michelle McBride - only one of three films she was ever in. She was fine as the lead but received little support from the co-stars and from a director too obsessed with making a flashy masque party than telling a decent story.

VIOLENCE: $$$$ (There is plenty of violence given that this is a murder mystery. Fans of inventive deaths will have something to cheer about. The death scenes were about the only thing the director excelled at. We have a decapitation, stabbings, stranglings and a sewing... that's right, a woman is murdered by use of a sewing needle).


STORY: $ (Poe's story isn'tdepicted well here - big surprise. We have a poor script that follows snoopy reporter (McBride) to a lavish masque held by a dying millionaire. She wants exclusive interviews and photographs but has to put her story second when a murderer begins bumping off the party guests).

ACTING: $$ (It is all rather wooden, albeit McBride and Herbert Lom as the millionaire. Lom does a solid job with weak dialogue but is out-shined but Michelle McBride in her only starring vehicle. This film just proves that Hollywood doesn't know talent when it sees it. McBride makes a strong lead, bringing a never-give-up attitude and a tough, independent aura to her role. Frank Stallone isn't as bad as others would lead you to believe but he doesn't do that great of a job. The Inferior Acting Award goes to the blonde bombshell Elizabeth Lunde, who has a meaty, substantial role. Why she was given a major role is beyond me. Her darting eyes and grating, poor European accent add to the descent of this picture).

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