The mix of gothicism and art-deco colors of Corman's sets with the bored antiseptism of screenwriter Beaumont and Price's theatrics don't always click (Usher/Pendulum,) coming off uneven. It would be the same here, but Price supports it fully with his line delivery, with a mix of being sinisterly scary and darkly comedic, that's truly poetic. He alone makes this trio's conflicting tones worthwhile.
Cheesy horror adaptation of the Poe story. Some redeeming features but mostly high camp and daftness. Price is convincingly evil but the film verges on comedy at times. Costumes are notable, particularly the Red Death with fringed masking and cowl and the ending sequence is visually stunning.
Vincent Price deliver one of his finest roles as a sadistic prince making glorious poetry out of every sentence he utters in this Gothic horror movie inspired by Edgar A. Poe's short story and Ingmar Bergman's "Seventh Seal". Hazel Court makes a good satanic first lady too and Jane Asher has a kind of innocent look that works here. Nicolas Roeg's excellent cinematography also help what is Roger Corman's best film.
En Italie, au dix-huitième siècle siècle, une épidémie ravage la contrée de Catagna, administrée par un prince qui s'adonne au culte de Satan. Au château où se sont réfugiés ses amis, une jeune fille Francesca est retenue prisonnière avec son fiancé. L'ambiance est à l'orgie et un homme étrange vêtu de rouge hante les couloirs du manoir. En hommage à Poe ! www.cinefiches.com
Looks amazing! It's like a Crayola factory exploded on screen! I love all the Technicolor Cloaks having a sort-of "time-clock punch-out" sequence at the end!!! Despite his wretched villainy, you couldn't help but feel pity for Vinny in this one. All the suck-ups he surrounds himself with are a sorry representation of an imperiled society as a whole.
By far my favorite Corman film and certainly one of the best macabre performances by one of my favorite actors, the devilishly campy and gentlemanly Vincent Price. The film is certainly the biggest of the Poe adaptations Corman tackled and the set design and color photography (DP Nicolas Roeg became a director of stature himself) have stayed with me. The imagery may look cheap by today's standards but it holds up.