The Masque of the Red Death

The Masque of the Red Death ★★★½

From the director and screenwriter of Teenage Caveman (and recurring Twilight Zone scribe Charles Beaumont) comes another entry in Roger Corman’s drive-in gothic series of Edgar Allan Poe movies. By this point, Corman tried to inject some philosophy into the cycle, with plenty of musings delivered with flair by Vincent Price and Patrick Magee. Nicholas Roeg’s subtly moving camera also adds class and bumps it up half a star. The attempt is admirable, and the finale at the titular masque does contain some appropriately grotesque sequences. But boy does it feel padded until then, with circular dialogues on morality and mortality, and a Hazel Court subplot that adds nothing.

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