Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Featuring: Vincent Price, Hazel Court. Director: Roger Corman.

Welcome to day three of the Vincent Price marathon. Today's film is Masque of the Red Death and is my favorite so far. Vincent Price plays a real sadistic bastard in this one and the story is probably the creepiest out of the 3 of I've seen to this point. Price teams up with director Roger Corman yet again to tell the story of an evil worshiper of Satan who just happens to rule over a 12th century kingdom and takes great pleasure in making his subjects do all sorts of embarrassing and evil things for his own entertainment.

The movie is based on a couple of Edgar Allan Poe stories and has very interesting religious undertones and a lot more interesting philosophical subject matter than you'd expect from a b-movie like this. I really recommend this movie if you have any interest in seeing Vincent Price at his maddening best.

Click here to add this movie to your Netflix queue.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? The description sounded like Vincent Price at his best.

Is it artsy? No, but the colors used and the sets are beautiful.

Best thing about the movie? Prospero (Price) at his sadistic, cruel and creepy best.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? In the mood to watch a great classic horror movie.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 4 stars. 

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