The Masque Of The Red Death
DIRECTOR: ROGER CORMAN
CAST: VINCENT PRICE, HAZEL COURT, JANE ASHER, DAVID WESTON
Roger Corman never heard of a youth culture trend that he couldn’t exploit, but his finest films as director were the cycle of atmospheric adaptations from the unhip stories of Edgar Allen Poe that he made with Vincent Price, featured here as the Satanist Prince Prospero, a cruel dictator in medieval Italy who holes up with the local gentry while his subjects are ravaged by the plague. The color coded cinematography is courtesy a certain Nicolas Roeg, whose blood reds will sear your corneas.