MAN AND THE BEAST (1951) see Hombre y el Bestia
THE MAN AND THE MONSTER (1958) see Hombre
y el Monstruo
MAN BEAST (1955/Favorite Films) 65mins.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Jerry Warren; Sc: Arthur
Cast: Rock Madison, Virginia Maynor, George Skuff, Tom
Maruzzi, Lloyd Nelson, George Wells Lewis.
When Connie, (Maynor), leads an expedition into the Himalayas to search for her missing
brother, she encounters her brother's guide Varga who is actually the result of a union
between an abominable snowman and a human woman. Varga pretends to help Connie, but he
really intends to give her to the yeti because the creatures are recruiting human mates to
try and produce less monstrous and more intelligent offspring. Connie and her companion
Steve, (Maruzzi), escape and Varga falls to his death while pursuing them.
MAN EATER OF HYDRA (1966) see La Isla de la Muerte
THE MAN FROM 1997 (1957/NTA.) TVM.
Cast: James Garner, Gloria Talbot.
An immigrant procures a magic book that gives him the ability to foretell the future and
gain enormous wealth, but a man from the future pays him an unexpected visit.
An early television drama.
THE MAN FROM PLANET X (1951/UA./Sherrill
Corwin/Mid Cenury) 70mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Edgar G. Ulmer; Prod. & Sc: Aubrey
Wisberg & Jack Pollexfen; Ph: John L. Russell; Art: Angelo Scibetti; Sfx: Andy
Anderson & Howard Weeks; Mus: Charles Koff.
Cast: Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, David Ormont,
Raymond Bond, William Schallert, Roy Engel, Charles Davis, Gilbert Fallman.
An alien arrives on Earth to seek help for his dying planet, but he is confronted with
hostility. A scientist captures the alien to try and make him reveal the secrets of the
universe, forcing the alien to use his mind control ray to achieve results.
Shot in only 6 days, the strong idea is spoilt by weak production values, but still
manages to maintain some atmosphere.
THE MAN IN THE ATTIC (1953/TCF.)
Credits: Dir: Hugo Fregonese; Prod: Robert L. Jacks;
Sc: Barre Lyndon & Robert Presnell Jr.; Ph: Leo Tover; Mus: Lionel Newman. From
"The Lodger" by Marie Belloc Lowndes.
Cast: Jack Palance, Constance Smith, Frances Bavier,
Rhys Williams, Sean McClory, Lillian Bond, Byron Palmer, Leslie Bradly, Harry Cording, Isabel
Surgeon Slade, (Palance), lodging in London, is in actuality Jack the Ripper who kills
prostitutes on foggy nights. When the girl he falls in love with turns out to not be as
pure as he thought, he attempts to kill her in her dressing room.
Remake of The Lodger
(1944) heightened by Palance's superbly evil portrayal, but when he isn't on screen the
THE MAN IN THE BACK SEAT (1961/Independent Artists)
57mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Vernon Sewell; Prod: Julian Wintle &
Leslie Parkyn; Sc: Malcolm Hulke & Eric Paice; Ph: Reg Wyer; Mus: Stanley Black.
Cast: Derren Nesbitt, Keith Faulkner, Carol White,
The ghost of a murdered bookmaker haunts the two gangsters responsible for his death.
A creepy thriller, tautly directed and with a few frights.
THE MAN IN THE RUE NOIR (1959) see The Man Who Could Cheat Death
THE MAN IN THE SILVER MASK (1952) see El Enmascarado Plata
MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES (1957/Universal)
122mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Joseph Pevney; Prod: Robert Arthur; Sc:
R. Wright Campbell, Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts; Ph: Russell Metty; Ed: Ted J. Kent; Art:
Alexander Golitzen & Eric Orbom; Mu: Bud Westmore; Mus: Frank Skinner. From a story by
Cast: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Robert J. Evans,
Roger Smith, Marjorie Rambeau, Jane Greer, Jim Backus, Jeanne Cagney, Robert Lyden, Dennis
Rush, Danny Beck, Snub Pollard, Celia Lovsky, Jack Albertson, Rickie Sorensen, Nolan
Leary, Simon Scott, Phil Van Zandt, Hank Mann, John George.
"Who were the women who twisted his life and love - gutting the flame of his
A detailed and somewhat overly sentimental account of the life of horror actor Lon Chaney
whose parents were deaf and dumb. On his deathbed Chaney takes a stick of greasepaint and
writes "Jr." next to his name on a makeup box as his son, Lon Chaney Jnr.,
(Smith), looks on.
Cagney immerses himself in the part of the make-up master, but Westmore's rubber effects
were no substitute for Chaney's original achievements.
The script received an Academy Award nomination.
THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH (1959/Hammer/Paramount) 83mins.
Aka: MAN IN THE RUE NOIR.
Credits: Dir: Terence Fisher; Prod: Anthony Hinds;
Ex.Prod: Michael Carreras; A.Prod: Anthony Nelson Keys; Sc: Jimmy Sangster; Ph: Jack
Asher; Ed: James Needs; Des: Bernard Robinson; Mu: Roy Ashton; Mus: Richard Rodney
Bennett. From the play by Barry Lyndon.
Cast: Anton Differing, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee,
Arnold Marle, Delphi Lawrence, Francis De Wolff, Charles Lloyd Pack, John Harrison, Gerda
Larsen, Lockwood West, Middleton Woods, Ronald Adam, Michael Ripper, Barry Shawzin, Denis
Shaw, Ivan Hewitson, Frederick Rawlings, Marie Burke.
In Paris, 1890, a man is murdered and his thyroid glands are expertly removed. Sculptor
Dr. Georges Bonner, (Differing), is actually 104 years old, but keeps his youth by
drinking a potion and undergoing an operation every decade. The operation is now due, but
his confidante, Dr. Weiss, arrives too late and the thyroid glands spoil. Bonner needs to
procure another set of glands and kills one of his models to obtain them. Appalled that
Bonner has turned to murder, Dr. Weiss refuses to do the operation and destroys Georges'
potion, but Bonner kills him for his act of disloyalty. Bonner tries to convince his
friend Gerard, (Lee), to perform the operation and arranges for the girl he loves, Janine,
to join him in immortality. Gerard suspects that Bonner has murdered his friend Dr. Weiss
and does not actually replace Bonner's glands causing Georges to age 104 years in front of
Janine and die.
A slow moving, minimally entertaining re-make of The Man in Half Moon Street
(1945). The long wait to the well performed aging scene hampers it's effectiveness.
THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED (1962) 100mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Quentin Lawrence; Prod: Norman Williams;
Sc: Lewis Greifer & Louis Marks; Ph: Stephen Dade; Mus: Philip Green.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Stanley Baker, Mai Zettering,
Eric Portman, Naill MacGinnis, Nigel Green, Barbara Everest, Horold Scott.
German born Joe Newman, (Baker), returns to his homeland to find his father's death
shrouded in mystery and becomes embroiled in a plot by spies.
An adaptation of a television series that becomes too complicated and lacks pacing.
THE MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF (1970/Excalibur/ABP.)
Credits: Dir: Basil Dearden; Prod: Michael Relph; Sc:
Basil Dearden & Michael Relph; Ph: Tony Spratling; Ed: Teddy Darvas; Art: Albert
Witherick; Mus: Michael Lewis. From "The Case Of Mr. Pelham" by Anthony
Cast: Roger Moore, Hildegard Neil, Olga-Georges Picot,
Anton Rodgers, Freddie Jones, Charles Lloyd Pack, John Welsh, Thorley Walters, John
Carson, Hugh MacKenzie, Alastair MacKenzie, Gerald Sim, Edward Chapman, Laurence Hardy,
After causing a road accident a respectable businessman, (Moore), finds that there is an
evil double of himself that has taken over his job and now threatens to take his wife.
When he goes to the doctor he is found to have two heartbeats. The evil double is inside
The original idea is let down by poor script development, a lengthy running time and in
the second half the film struggles to rise above a moderate suspense story.
THE MAN WHO TURNED TO STONE (1956/Clover)
Aka: THE PETRIFIED MAN.
Credits: Dir: Leslie Kardos; Prod: Sam Katzman; Sc:
Raymond T. Marcus; Ph: Benjamin Kline; Ed: Charles Nelson; Art: Paul Palmentola; Mus: Ross
Cast: Victor Jory, Ann Doran, Charlotte Austin,
William Hudson, Paul Cavanagh, Tina Carver, Jean Willes,Victor Varconi, Frederick Ledebur.
"Human or inhuman, no woman is safe!"
A group of eighteenth century scientists keep themselves alive into the twentieth century
by taking the bio-electrical energy from women. They hide out in a girls remand home, but
when they fail to obtain their regular treatment they turn to stone and die.
Some exceptional moments heighten this otherwise tedious schlock-horror tale.
THE MAN WHO WANTED TO LIVE FOREVER (1970/Palomar)
Aka: THE ONLY WAY OUT IS DEAD; THE HEART FARM.
Credits: Dir: John Trent; Prod: Terence Dene; Sc: H.
Cast: Stuart Whitman, Burl Ives, Tom Harvey, Sandy
Dennis, Robert Goodier, Ron Hartman, Jack Creley.
A heart surgeon discovers that the owner, (Ives), of a private medical centre is using
body parts taken from the patients in order to stay young.
An above average television film.
THE MAN WITH THE SYNTHETIC BRAIN (1969) see Fiend With the Electronic Brain
THE MAN WITH THE YELLOW EYES (1961) see Pianeti Contro di Noi
THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES (1963) see X-The Man With the X-Ray Eyes
THE MAN WITHOUT A BODY (1957/Filmplays/Eros) 80mins.
Credits: Dir: W. Lee Wilder & Charles Saunders;
Prod: Guido Goen; Sc: William Grote; Ph: Brendan J. Stafford; Ed: Tom Simpson; Art: Harry
White; Mu: Jim Hydes; Mus: Albert Elms.
Cast: George Coulouris, Robert Hutton, Nadja Regin,
Julia Arnall, Sheldon Lawrence, Michael Golden, Peter Copley, Norman Shelley, Tony Quinn,
"A diabolical dream come true!"
A wealthy man who is dying because of a brain tumor hopes to transplant the head of
Nostradamus onto himself so that he can continue living and tell people's fortunes. He
revives the head and communicates with the seventeenth century sage, but when it is
finally grafted onto his body he turns into a marauding monster.
An inept film with a pathetic monster. Some scenes are supposed to be amusing, but it is
hard to tell which ones.
MANEATER (1969) see Shark!
MANIA (1960) see The Flesh
and the Fiends
86mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Michael Carreras; Prod. & Sc: Jimmy
Sangster; Ph: Wilke Cooper; Ed: James Needs & Tom Simpson; Art: Edward Carrick.
Cast: Kerwin Matthews, Donald Houston, Nadia Gray,
Justine Lord, Liliane Brousse, Norman Bird, George Pastell, Arnold Diamond.
An artist on holiday, (Matthews), falls in love with a woman, (Gray), who runs an inn in
the Carmargue, France, and agrees to divorce his present wife if he can help a killer
escape from an insane asylum. The escape plan succeeds, but a series of murders with an
oxyacetylene torch ensue. The wrong man is sent to the asylum.
Hammer again relied on the talents of Sangster to try and create an effective
psychological thriller, but despite the clever plot twists this fails to intrigue like
others released around the same time.
THE MANIAC (1964) see I Maniaci
I MANIACI (1964) Italy.
Aka: THE MANIAC.
Credits: Dir: Lucio Fulci.
Cast: Barbara Steele.
THE MANIACS ARE LOOSE (1965/Morgan-Steckler/Hollywood
Star) 69mins. BW.
Aka: THE THRILL KILLERS; THE MONSTERS ARE LOOSE.
Credits: Dir: Ray Dennis Steckler; Prod: George J.
Morgan; Sc: Gene Pollock & Ray Dennis Steckler; Ph: Joseph V. Mascelli; Ed: Austin
McKinney; Art & Titles: Tom Scheman; Mus: Henry Price.
Cast: Cash Flagg (Ray Dennis Steckler), Liz Renay,
Carolyn Brandt, Atlas King, Ron Haydock, Brick Bardo, Ron Burr, Gary Kent, Keith O'Brien,
Herb Robins, Laura Benedict, George J. Morgan, Erina Enyo, Titus Moede.
Three escaped psychopaths go on a merciless decapitation spree in Los Angeles.
Supposedly one of Steckler's better ultra low budget films, most of which have led to a
small cult following.
MANOS, THE HANDS OF FATE (1966/Emerson)
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Hal P. Warren.
Cast: Hal P. Warren, Tom Neyman, John Reynolds, Diane
A vacationing family who stop to ask for directions at a strange castle become involved in
bizarre rituals performed to Manos by his servant Torga. The arrival of the family
eventually causes Manos to vaporise.
Terrible. Awful. Complete waste of celluloid, but then again...
LA MANSION DE LA NIEBLA (1970/Mundial
Film/Tritone) 90mins. Spain/Italy.
Aka: MURDER MANSION; QUANDO MARTA URLO DALLA TOMBA.
Credits: Dir: Francisco Lara Polop.
Cast: Analia Gade, Andres Resino, Anna Lisa Nardi,
Franco Fantasia, Evelyn Stewart (Ida Galli), Eduardo Fajardo.
When a young couple spend a night in a haunted house they encounter vampires and ghosts in
a plot to drive the young wife insane.
THE MANSTER (1959/Breakston/Shaw/UA.)
72mins. BW. US/Japan.
Aka: THE SPLIT (UK).
Credits: Dir: George P. Breakston & Kenneth G.
Crane; Prod: George P. Breakston; A.Prod: Robert Perkins; Sc: Walter J. Sheldon; Ph: David
Mason; Ed: Kenneth G. Crane; Art: Nobori Miyakuni; Mus: Hirooki Ogawa. From the story
"Nightmare" by George P. Breakston.
Cast: Peter Dyneley, Larry Stanford, Jane Hylton,
Satoshi Nakamura, Terri Zimmern, Toyoko Takechi, Alan Tarlton, Jerry Ito, Norman Van
"The terror that split a man in two...half human, half monster."
American reporter Larry Sandford, (Dyneley), interviews Dr. Suzuki, (Nakamura), who with
his aide Tara, (Zimmern), has been transforming people with a secret enzyme. The doctor's
wife is now a hideous dwarf and his brother is an ape like albino. Larry is given some of
the serum and starts to grow fur, fangs and an eyeball on his shoulder that develops into
another head. After the monster kills Suzuki it captures Tara and goes to a volcano where
the gases accelerate the process and Larry splits into two beings. The short hairy
creature born of the growth in Larry's shoulder pushes Tara into the bubbling lava, while
Larry, now returned to normal, throws the creature into the volcano.
MANTIS IN LACE (1970) see Lila
LA MARCA DEL HOMBRE LOBO (1968/Maxper/Independent International)
Aka: HELLS CREATURES (UK); MARK OF THE WOLFMAN; FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR (US); THE
WOLFMAN OF COUNT DRACULA; THE VAMPIRE'S OF DR. DRACULA.
Credits: Dir: Henry Egan (Enrique L. Equilez); Prod:
Maxper; Sc: Jacinto Molina Alvarez.
Cast: Paul Naschy (Jacinto Molina Alverez), Diane
Konopka (Dianik Zurakowska), Julian Ugarte, Rossana Yanni, Michael Manez (Mánuel
Manzanaque), Joseph Morton (José Nieto).
Gypsys seek refuge in the vaults of Wolfstein castle and inadvertently revive the
Wolfstein werewolf when they remove a silver dagger from a corpse. Wolfstein descendant
and student of the occult, Waldemar Daninsky, (Naschy), is bitten by the revived Count
when he destroys him and turns into a werewolf, complete with a pentagram on his chest.
Hoping to find a cure for his affliction, Daninsky invites Dr. Mialhoff and his wife to
the castle, but after allowing them to chain him up, they reveal they are vampires and
intend to use him as their slave. Eventually Daninsky, as a werewolf, kills one of the
vampires, the villagers destroy the other and his girlfriend Hyacinth mercifully kills
Daninsky with a silver bullet.
The first of nine "Hombre Lobo" films from Naschy.
This was filmed in stereo on 70mm film and advertised as "Chill-O-Rama".
FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR was so named because a prologue in that version explains that
Daninsky is descended from the Frankenstein family.
Naschy originally wrote the script for another actor who dropped out, so Naschy, a former
wrestler, took his place.
A 133 minute version is rumoured to exist.
LA MARCA DEL MUERTO (1960/ADP. Prod./Alameda) 90mins. BW. Mexico.
Aka: CREATURE OF THE WALKING DEAD (US. version).
Credits: Dir: Frederic Corte (Fernando Cortes); Prod:
Alfred Ripstein; Sc: Alfredo Varela Jnr. (Joseph Unsain) & Fernando Cortes; Ph:
Richard Wallace; Ed: Jorge Bustos; Des: Luis de Leon; Sets: Mala Winter; Sfx: Nicholas
Reye; Mu: Lester Andre; Mus: Gustav Carrion.
Cast: Fernando Casanova, Sonia Furio, Pedro de
Auguillon, Aurora Alvarado, Rosa Maria Gallardo, Hortensia Santoveña.
US. Version (1963): Dir: Richard Wallace; Prod. & Ed: Jerry Warren.
US. Cast: Rock Madison, Ann Wells, George Todd,
Willard Gross, Bruno Ve Sota, Lloyd Nelson, Robert Christopher, Chuck Niles, Katherine
Victor, Fred Hoffman.
"The trouble with this job is you grab at straws and come up with broken
fingernails" - newspaper reporter (US. version).
Dr. Malthus, (Casanova), kidnaps a young girl and transfuses her blood into himself to
maintain his youth, however he is caught in the act and hanged for his crime. Ten years
later his grandson, (Casanova), inherits the old house and discovers the decomposing
remains of several young girls, killed to aid his grandfather in his experiments. The man
retrieves his grandfather's body from it's tomb, kidnaps a girl and brings the old man
back to life. The young blood causes his grandfather to become young again, but he needs
constant supplies of blood to maintain his youth. Refusing to supply his relative with
more girls the grandson realizes that his own medical career is now in jeopardy, so the
gradually decomposing grandfather is forced to kidnap a girl for her blood and then tries
to take his grandson's place and marry his fiance. The grandson eventually confronts his
undead relative who dies in the ensuing laboratory fire.
The origianl remains hauntingly atmospheric and well photographed, but the pointless
addition of "explanatory" scenes set in a massage parlor, with a secreatary, a
doctor and a seance in the American version, are disjointed and overly wordy. Add to that
the constant use of a voice over narration and the film becomes extremely irritating.
MARGUERITE DE LA NUIT (1955/SNEG./Gaumont
Actualities/Duca) 126mins. France/Italy.
Credits: Dir: Claude Autant-Lara; Prod: Leon Carre;
Sc: Ghislaine Autant-Lara & Gabriel Arout; Ph: Jacques Natteau; Mus: Rene Cloerc.
Cast: Michele Morgan, Yves Montand, Jean-Francois
Calve, Massimo Girotti.
An old man signs a pact with the Devil to restore his youth, but when the man becomes
young again he causes the death of the woman he loves.
An expensive retelling of the "Faust" legend.
THE MARK OF THE CLAW (1957) see Giant Claw
MARK OF THE DEVIL (1970) see Hexen Bis Aufs Blut Gequalt
MARK OF THE GORILLA (1950/Columbia)
68mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: William Berke.
Cast: Johnny Weissmuller, Trudy Marshall, Suzanne
Dalbert, Onslow Stevens,
Slelmer Jackson, Robert Purcell, Pierce Lyden.
Jungle Jim, (Weissmuller), encounters Nazis disguised as apes searching for gold.
A nonsensical entry to the Jungle Jim series.
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1957) see The
MARK OF THE WITCH (1970) see Hexen Bis Aufs Blut Gequalt
MARK OF THE WITCH (1970)
Credits: Dir: Ted Moore.
Cast: Marie Santell, Robert Elston, Anitra Walsh,
A three hundred year old witch terrorises folks in a college town.
MARK OF THE WOLFMAN (1968) see Marca
del Hombre Lobo
MARQUISE DE SADE: JUSTINE (1969) see Justine le Disadventure della Virtu
LA MARRA DE SANTANAS (1956) see El Jinete Sin Cabeza
MARS INVADES PUERTO RICO (1965) see Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster
MARS NEEDS WOMEN (1966) 80mins.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Larry Buchanan; Mu:
Cast: Tommy Kirk, Yvonne Craig, Byron Lord, Roger
Ready Warren Hannack, Anthony Houston.
Five Martian men arrive on Earth to search for quality breeding stock with which to
replenish the birthrate on their own planet. They chase a selection of pretty women and a
go-go dancing scientist.
A grade-Z film made with plenty of stock footage and poorly dubbed sound. The sincerity of
the actors provide some of the most humourous moments.
One of the Martians is played by Tommy Kirk, a former Disney studio regular.
MARTE, DIO DELL GUERA (1962/SPA
Incel) 92mins. Italy.
Aka: VENUS AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES.
Credits: Dir: Marcello Baldi; Sc: Marcello Baldi &
Alessandro Continenza; Ph: Marcello Masciocchi; Mus: Gino Marinuzzi Jnr.
Cast: Massimo Serato, Roger Browne, Jackie Lane, Dante
Di Paolo, Linda Sini.
The muscular Hercules battles magical incantations, man-eating plants and monsters.
A typical Italian sword-and-sandel adventure.
The title translates as "Mars, God of War".
LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO (1960/Galatea/Jolly) 84mins. BW. Italy.
Aka: THE MASK OF THE DEMON (US); REVENGE OF THE VAMPIRE (UK.); THE HOUSE OF FRIGHT; BLACK
SUNDAY; THE MASK OF SATAN; DIE STUNDE WENN DRAKULA KOMMT; THE DEMON'S MASK.
Credits: Dir. & Sfx: Mario Bava; Prod: Massimo De
Rita; Sc: Mario Bava, Ennio De Concini, Mario Serandrei & Marcello Coscia; Ph: Ubaldo
Terzano & Mario Bava; Ed: Mario Serandrei; Art: Giorgio Giovannini; Mus: Roberto
Nicolosi; (Music for US. prints: Les Baxter). Based on the story "The Vij" by
Cast: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Mario Bava,
Enrico Olivieri, Clara Bindi, Mario Passante, Germana Dominci, Tino Bianchi, Andrea
Checchi, Ivo Garrani, Arturo Dominici, Antonio Pierfederici.
"Once every 100 years...The undead demons of Hell terrorize the world in an orgy
of stark horror!"
16th. century witch Princess Asa, (Steele), is executed by having a spiked mask hammered
onto her face. Two hundred years later Princess Katia, (Steele), who has an uncanny
resemblance to the witch of centuries before, finds herself at risk when a doctor
accidentaly drops blood on the witch's remains causing her to come alive to wreak revenge
on the descendants of those who were responsible for her death and attempt to take Katia's
The film achieves an extremely is gothic atmosphere due to Bava's creative use of his cast
and monochrome camera work.
Screenings in Britain were banned for eight years due to the censor's belief that the film
contained unessessary cruelty and sexual suggestiveness even though there is no more of
those elements here than in the average Hammer film.
THE MASK (1961/Warner) 83mins. BW. 3-D Sequences. Canada.
Aka: EYES OF HELL; THE SPOOKY MOVIE SHOW.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Julian Roffman; Sc: Frank
Taubes & Sandy Habner.
Cast: Paul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Anne Collings,
Bill Walker, Martin Lavut, Jim Moran.
A ritual mask causes those that possess it to hallucinate and murder.
An interesting experiment, but a hopelessly shoddy film. The cinema audience placed the
cardboard mask equipped with 3-D filters on their faces at the same time as the screen
characters, allowing them to also experience "the hallucinogenic horrors of the
subconcious". The 3-D hallucination scenes were put together by montage expert
THE MASK OF SATAN (1960) see Maschera
MASK OF THE DEMON (1960) see Maschera
THE MASK OF THE DEVIL (1960) see Maschera
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964/Alta
Vista/AIP.) 86mins. US.
Credits: Dir. & Ex.Prod: Roger Corman; Prod:
George Willoughby; Sc: Charles Beaumont & R. Wright Campbell; Ph: Nicholas Roeg; Ed:
Ann Chegwidden; Art: Robert Jones; Sfx: George Blackwell; Choreography: Jack Carter; Mu:
George Partleton; Costumes: Laura Nightingale; Mus: David Lee. From "Masque of the
Red Death" and "Hopfrog" by Edgar Allan Poe.
Cast: Vincent Price, Jane
Asher, Hazel Court, David Weston, Patrick Magee, Skip Martin, Nigel Green, John Westbrook,
Gat Brown, Verina Greenlaw.
"And darkness and decay and the red death held illimitable domain over all"
In twelfth century Italy, Prince Prospero, (Price), a known satanist, holds a grand masked
ball for his coutiers in his fortified palace while a pestilence called the Red Death is
ravaging all those who live beyond his walls. Later the revellers become slowly aware that
an evil presence is among them and that death has entered the building uninvited dancing
macabrely around them.
An extremely stylish Poe adaptation filmed in Britain. Gone is the usual Corman spoof,
replaced here with imaginative filmaking and impressive colour photography shot on sets
left over from Hal Wallis' BECKET.
The British censor removed all the scenes depicting Devil worship.
MASTER OF HORROR (1960) see Obras
Maestras del Terror
THE MASTER OF TERROR (1959) see The 4-D Man
THE MASTER OF THE DUNGEON (1970) see Guess What Happened to Count Dracula