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Oct. 18th, 2010 01:44 pm Rondo Hatton Watch "Masque of the Red Death"

"Masque of the Red Death" opened "Literary Cinema" in 2004 and is considered the best of the Poe/Corman/Price series. Featuring the lovely Jane Asher as the innocent heroine, Vincent Price is at his evil best as Prince Prospero. Hazel Court costars as Jane Asher's rival and Patrick MacNee is effectively creepy as a pleasure loving sadist.

Besides following the plot line of "Masque of Red Death," Poe's short story, "Hop Frog" is thrown into the narrative. The ending is pure Igmar Bergman, but cinematographer Nicholas Roeg still makes the climax a colorful spectacle.

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