The Masque of the Red Death

The Masque of the Red Death

The Premature Burial

DVD - 2002
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Side A. The masque of the red death. The evil Prince Prospero is a devil worshipper and a tyrannical ruler. Anyone who stands against him is sentenced to death. Two men dare to denounce the Prince and are imprisoned. A beautiful woman pleads for their release, but is captured by the Prince for his own pleasures. The two prisoners are brought to the Prince at his "Masque Ball" for public torture. But there is one uninvited guest standing in the shadows waiting for the right moment to strike. Side B. The premature burial. In a dark, deserted graveyard a mad doctor and two young medical students watch as workmen labor to exhume the body of someone thought to be buried alive. The discovery triggers an unexplainable reaction in Guy Carrell, one of the young students whose ancestors met their untimely deaths in strange and unusual ways and Guy is worried that he may be next.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c2002
Edition: Widescree
Description: 1 videodisc (169 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780792853145
Branch Call Number: DVD Masq


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Apr 06, 2018

IMO - This was a pretty terrible horror double-bill from the early 1960s. I can't believe that this genre of film was as mediocre as this 60 years ago.

I think that low-budget director, Roger Corman should have left the stories of Edgar Allan Poe alone. He only succeeded in making Poe's stories look cheap, like they were something to laugh at, instead of being frightening.

Nope. These 2 movies have not aged well at all. I really wasted my time watching them.

Feb 26, 2018

What bothered me the most about this decidedly second-rate "horror" double-bill (from the early 1960s) was to see just how tactlessly Edgar Allan Poe's stories were handled by schlock-director, Roger Corman.

IMO - Corman (and his tainted touch of tarnish) absolutely cheapened Poe's classic tales to the max. And, with that, theses stories were completely reduced to the level of being pure pulp trash.

I'd say that Corman's total insensitivity to the subtle, haunting ambiance of Poe's stories was not unlike the aftermath that one would see following the rampage of an angry bull who's been let loose to run through a shop of fine chinaware. (Get the picture?)

And, with that all said - I won't even get into commenting about what I thought of the lisping, effeminate, Vincent Price, and his repulsive & dreary performance as Prince Prospero.

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