Directed by Roger Corman • 1964 • United States, United Kingdom
Starring Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher
The seventh of Roger Corman’s eight celebrated Edgar Allan Poe adaptations is perhaps the most eerily effective and visually remarkable of the bunch, thanks in part to the striking cinematography by Nicolas Roeg. While the plague rages outside in a small Italian province, the Satan-worshipping Prince Prospero (Vincent Price) stays confined to the sanctuary of his castle along with his aristocratic guests. Inside, all is revelry and cruelty until, during the great masque which crowns the prince’s entertainment, the “Red Death” enters the dance and the guests succumb to the plague, one by one.