The Masque of the Red Death

The Masque of the Red Death ★★★★

Drop dead gorgeous colors popping out of absurdly overdesigned sets occupied by the grotesque performance of Vincent Price. Everything is so reserved (probably to maintain marketability and avoid censorship) yet still so offputting and perverted at the same time. I always get a kick out of satanic cinema of this era as it tends to include somewhat didactic diatribes on the tenets and ethics of devil worship; it also helps when these are delivered by Price, who obviously knew his stuff when it came to the occult.

I should get cracking on these AIP Poe movies huh?

(4.25/5)