The Masque Of The Red Death (15)
Date: Tuesday 31st July
Prices: £14.90 back sofas, £12 front sofas, £10.50 std, £7.50 concs
It’s shameful for us to admit it, but in the eight year existence of the Shock & Gore festival, we’ve never screened a Roger Corman film. Time to rectify that immediately with the cult director’s much-loved 1964 take on a classic Edgar Allan Poe story.
One of a number of Poe stories Corman brought to the screen (and the first filmed in Britain), The Masque Of The Red Death has a noticeably larger budget than a lot of shoestring Corman productions, with Vincent Price starring as the Satan worshipping Prince Prospero, who isolates himself in his palatial home whilst a plague known as the Red Death devastates his lands.
With Nicolas Roeg as cinematographer, The Masque of the Red Death looks as lavish as you’d imagine, and Patrick Magee gives a creepy performance that rivals Price’s delicious moustache twirling. Sure, there’s a lot of padding to the original short story, but this is Gothic horror at its most pleasingly decadent.