Combustible Celluloid
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With: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston, Nigel Green, Patrick Magee, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Robert Brown, Julian Burton, David Davies, Skip Martin, Gaye Brown, Verina Greenlaw, Doreen Dawn, Brian Hewlett
Written by: Charles Beaumont, R. Wright Campbell, based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe
Directed by: Roger Corman
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 88
Date: 06/24/1964

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

4 Stars (out of 4)

The Plague's the Thing

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Roger Corman's sixth Poe adaptation and by far his best, thanks to the beautiful, sinister color cinematography by future director Nicolas Roeg (Don't Look Now). Vincent Price plays a Satanist who keeps and controls reluctant "guests" at his castle while the Black Plague rages outside. The DVD comes in a beautiful widescreen transfer, and a whole second feature, Corman's The Premature Burial (1962), starring Ray Milland.

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