Friday, October 14, 2011

Jason slips into a Vortex and sees THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

Wow, what an awesome Roger Corman/Vincent Price movie! With Roger Corman you always think b-grade schlock, and he's done plenty of that, but this I swear is an actual art film. Vincent Price, of course, pours oodles of smarmy class on the proceedings, and is just perfect as Prince Prospero. But what really struck me is how the class warfare and Prospero's comeuppance somehow capture today's zeitgeist perfectly--pretty impressive for a flick from 1964. Just seeing how Prospero terrorizes the populace while living in luxury and throwing debauched parties with his wealthy friends, I was thinking, 'We should have an occupy Prospero's castle movement!' And, of course, making him a Satanist (in keeping with the month's theme) is just beautifully over-the-top.

Running Time: 89 minutes
My Total Minutes: 250,234

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