#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: 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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***Castles, peasants, diabolical princes, plague, death and Vincent Price***
During what appears to be the late Medieval era in (presumably) Britain, pompous Prince Prospero tyrannically reigns, terrorizing the serfs, while holding up in his castle with other “royals” during the plague of the Red Death. Hazel Court plays his seasoned nefarious babe in the castle whereas Jane Asher appears as his new interest, a virginal, God-fearing peasant girl.
Produced & directed by Roger Corman for American International, “The Masque of the Red Death” (1964) is Gothic horror with a huge rep based on the Poe yarn from 1842. It has a good Gothic mood (similar to Hammer horror of the period) and a heavy subtext, but I found the story relatively dull. I prefer Corman’s “The Terror,” which came out the year before and was considerably cheaper. The sets & costumes are colorful and the cast is noteworthy, but the sets sometimes look artificial. “Conqueror Worm,” aka “Witchfinder General” (1968), has a more authentic feel while “Cry of the Banshee” (1970), also from American International, rehashes similar territory and is pretty much on par.
The overt satanism might be surprising for a film shot in 1963, but this can be observed in comparable contemporary movies, like “Devils of Darkness,” shot in 1964. Neither film paints satanism in a positive light, but Anton LaVey capitalized on this new interest and sprung his “church” of satan in 1966.
The alluring young redhead, Jane Asher, was Paul McCartney’s girlfriend in the 60s. During production in December, 1963, she brought Paul to the set for lunch wherein he met Corman. This was the latter’s first film in England and he didn’t know who McCartney was. The Beatles’ first significant gig in nearby London was that night and Roger wished Paul well. The next day Corman read the gushing (and deserved) praise for the Beatles & their performance in the newspaper; it was the beginning of Beatlemania.
The movie seems to be set in the Middle Ages, perhaps the mid-late 1300s when the Black Death reigned. But there is no actual indication in Poe’s tale that the story has to happen before 1500 or even 1600, 1700 or 1800. The “Red Death” is an imaginary plague and therefore the story does not HAVE to occur in the 1300s when the Bubonic Plague swept Europe. The events could even take place in the future.
The film runs 1 hour, 29 minutes, and was shot on sets left over from Becket (1964) at Associated British Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, just northwest of London.
Bold, Daring, Lurid.
Visually appealing and trippy in its telling, The Masque of the Red Death is a very acquired taste. Directed by Roger Corman, the film stars Vincent Price as the diabolical Prince Prospero who holds fear over a plague infested peasantry while jollying it up in his castle. The screenplay by Charles Beaumont and R. Wright Campbell is based upon a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, while part of the film contains a story arc based on another Poe tale titled Hop-Frog. It’s the 7th of 8 Corman film adaptations of Poe’s works.
Sinister yet beautiful (Nicolas Roeg genius like on photography), “Red Death” has proved to be the most divisive of all the Corman/Poe adaptations. Choosing to forgo blood in favour of black magic dalliance and general diabolism, the film is arguably the most ambitious of all Corman’s love affairs with Poe’s literary works. With Price gleefully putting gravitas of meanness into Prospero, the film also greatly benefits from the intelligent input to the script from Beaumont (many Twilight Zone credits). This is, strangely, an intellectual type of horror film, offering up observations on the indiscrimination of death and proclaiming that cruelty is but merely a way of life.
God, Satan and a battle of faith, are all luridly dealt with as the story reaches its intriguing and memorable closure. It’s a very tough film to recommend with confidence, and certainly it’s not a film one wishes to revisit too often (myself having viewed it only twice in 30 years!). However, the one thing that is a cast iron certainty is that it’s unlike most horror film’s from the 60s. It’s also one of Price’s best performances. Gone is the camp and pomposity that lingered on many of his other horror characterisations, in its place is pure menace of being. A devil dealer shuffling his pack for all his sadistic worth.
You may feel afterwards that you must have eaten some weird mushrooms, or that the last glass of wine was one too many? You are however unlikely to forget “The Masque of the Red Death” in a hurry. 7/10
A slap in the face for Corman’s critics! An atmospheric and imaginative adaptation of one of Poe’s most intriguing stories.
Roger Corman frequently gets a hard time from misguided movie snobs who look down on b-grade and exploitation movies. While Corman undoubtedly was involved in more than his fair share of silly schlock (usually as a producer rather than a director), he also made some wonderful movies that are criminally underrated. Some of his best movies as a director were the series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations he made in the Sixties starring horror legend Vincent Price. ‘The Masque Of The Red Death’ is quite possibly the very best in the series. It is certainly the most unusual and imaginative. Now I’m not sure whether it was filmed in Britain or not, but Price is supported by a largely British cast which includes Jane Asher (‘The Stone Tape’), Hazel Court (Hammer’s ‘Curse Of Frankenstein’), and the legendary character actor Patrick Magee (‘Dementia 13’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’). That and the fact that the cinematographer is none other than Nic Roeg(!), later to become famous for such classics as ‘Performance’, ‘Don’t Look Now’ and ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’, leads me to believe that it was made in England. The involvement of the aforementioned, and a strong script co-written by the talented Charles Beaumont (try and track down some of his short stories, you’ll be impressed), make this a memorable experience. But Corman’s direction should be given credit, and the single best thing about it is Vincent Price himself, who gives one of his very best performances. This movie has it all, striking visuals, an intriguing plot (with a stronger Satanic theme than generally seen in most mainstream horror movies), good acting, suspense, plenty of atmosphere, and some striking dream-like imagery many have compared to Bergman’s ‘Seventh Seal’. ‘The Masque Of The Red Death’ is one of Roger Corman’s greatest achievements and one of the very best horror movies made in the 1960s. It has lost very little of its impact over the years and is still essential viewing for any horror fan, or anybody who appreciates imaginative cinema.
A wonderful blend of surreal imagery and pure terror
For this entry in his Poe series, Roger Corman decided to move the production to England. Not for artistic reasons, just because films made in England at that time got a government subsidy, and thus keeping his costs down. That’s what I love about Corman – he brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘penny pinching’, and on the whole he has proved to cinema audiences the world over that great films don’t need massive budgets and can excel on a shoestring. The Masque of the Red Death is another triumph over low budget, and sees horror’s premier team of Vincent Price, Roger Corman and, of course, Edgar Allen Poe team up to great effect once again. This Poe story follows the evil Prince Prospero, a man who believes that his master, the Lord of Flies (Satan to you and me), will grant him and his friends that are taking refuge in his castle safety from the disease known as the ‘red death’ that is laying waste to the surrounding towns and villages.
This is a very different production to the earlier films in Corman’s Poe cycle. The sets are much more lavish and on the whole, it’s on a much larger scale. This also marks something of a departure for the Poe protagonist. As usual, he’s portrayed by Vincent Price (the finest horror actor to ever live) but unlike the parts he’d played for Corman so far, this character is a strong and malicious presence, and therefore a far cry from the more pathetic characters he played films like ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ and ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’. As usual, however, Price approaches this role with relish and completely makes it his own. His malicious tone fits the Prince Prospero character like a glove, and you cannot imagine anyone but Price in the role. The character is a typical Poe labyrinth and helps to maintain the interest and malicious intent that the film presents for it’s running time.
The story is one of absolute terror, and through Corman’s surreal use of colours and atmosphere, he makes the best of it and the result is a truly terrifying tale of faith, disease and death. There are many macabre events in the film, but none of them go over the top with gore, nor are they especially sleazy. The film is consistent throughout, and it’s obvious that everyone involved knew exactly what they wanted to achieve with it. The story revolves around having faith, whether it be faith in God or indeed in the Devil. The Masque of the Red Death professes that every man creates his own hell, and the way that is presented on screen is magnificent, just like the rest of this great film.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min), 1 hr 24 min (84 min) (UK)
Rated Not Rated
Director Roger Corman
Writer Charles Beaumont (screenplay), R. Wright Campbell (screenplay), Edgar Allan Poe (from a story by)
Actors Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston
Country UK, USA
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Film Length 2,219 m, 2,308 m (Italy)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Colorscope
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 8 mm