The Masque of the Red Death, 1964 – ★★½

Vincent Price is good at spooky. In this, I learned he is good at evil too! Picking out a husband and a father from a crowd and forcing them to fight to the death in front of the daughter/wife … that’s one example.

I found this movie highly engaging and certainly it kept my attention. Unfortunately though it had the look of a Shakespearean play and not a horror movie. I would recommend this as an adventure/drama but as a horror it doesn’t stand up. That is, in today’s arena.

The story is great and as I said, Price takes no prisoners with his acting. If you’re looking for an old school Machiavellian play with extremely good acting and characters, this might be for you. Otherwise, I’d pass.

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Author: Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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