Monday, October 22, 2012

Still Film: Masque of the Red Death (1964).

A visual feast in technicolor, Masque of the Red Death (1964), features the rich, manical voice of Vincent Price and the innocent countenance of Paul McCartney's first true love, Jane Asher. It is widely noted as one of the best Roger Corman - Vincent Price collaborations.  I've always had such a thing for cult robes and regalia, deep jewel tones, red rooms, gold statement jewelry, veils, ceremonies, mysteries, candelabras, velvet, and sweeping staircases... This film hits all the marks. Its like a Gothic Romance set to motion. 

When you've worn your copy of Rosemary's Baby thin, this is a great alternative Halloween film to watch; chalk full of occult, tarot, dark psychedelic dream sequences, brushes with death, ceremonial dance, masks, and most Hallows Eve of all, Poe. 


"Satan-worshiper Prince Prospero invites several dozen of the local nobility to his castle for protection against an oncoming plague, the Red Death. Prospero orders his guests to attend a masked ball and, amidst a general atmosphere of debauchery and depravity, notices the entry of a mysterious hooded stranger dressed all in red. Believing the figure to be his master, Satan, Prospero is horrified at the revelation of his true identity." -Via IMDB


" Look into this face...  Shutter! ... at the blood-stained dance of the Red Death! 

Tremble! ... to the hideous tortures of the catacombs of Kali! Gasp!... 

at the sacrifice of the innocent virgin to the vengeance of Baal! " 

" We defy you to stare into this face. " 

" Horror has a face. "


Vincent Price as Prince Prospero
Hazel Court as Juliana, his mistress
Jane Asher as Francesca, a peasant girl
David Weston as Gino, Francesca's lover
Nigel Green as Ludovico, Francesca's father
John Westbrook as The Red Death
Patrick Magee as Alfredo
Skip Martin as Hop Toad, a dwarf jester
Verina Greenlaw as Esmeralda, Hop Toad's dwarf lover

Image Source:  1001FilmJourney


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