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2 Ratings: 3.5
A movie directed by Roger Corman

Not only does this atmospheric AIP horror-comedy feature Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, and Peter Lorre, but it also stars a young Jack Nicholson. Add a funny script by Richard Matheson and deft direction by Roger Corman and this is unbeatable fun, a … see full wiki

Cast: Hazel Court
Director: Roger Corman
Release Date: 1963
MPAA Rating: G
1 review about Raven

Raven - 'once upon a midnight dreary........'

  • Jan 24, 2001
Pros: Grouping of these actors was a wonderful idea.

Cons: None apparent

The Bottom Line: Unique twist on a timeless tale and outstanding acting.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

She started darn good, with beautiful scenery of crashing waves, castles, moors, lightning and thunder and the narration by Vincent Price of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven. Poe, long ago, wrote this poem knowing that someday a spirit like Price would be around to recite it, he is perfect for the part!

Oh, had it continued in that vein, I would have been so happy but it was not meant to be. It wasn't a bad movie and I think it could almost be family viewing, as there is no violence in the movie. There is a lot of magic with
flying chairs, twirling lights, pretty scenery and competition between the opposing magicians - Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff.

Price, as Dr. Erasmus Craven, is a wizard that is in deep sorrow over the loss of his beautiful wife, Lenore. Thinking she perished two years previously, he languishes in his castle lamenting her passing. Visited by a
transformed sorcerer in the guise of a raven, Peter Lorre, he learns his Lenore is in the castle across the way inhabited by the most powerful and evil magician around, Boris Karloff. He goes to Karloff to see if the story
of Lenore is true.

Of course, it was Karloff's design to get him to visit so that he could kill him off, but the ploy doesn't work as Price turns the evil magic into trinkets and baubles, feathers and dreams. Their interaction was a joy to watch, but not quite as colorful as Lorre scampering around the set. I must admit I laughed outrageously several times, then chuckled often during the balance of the movie.

Roger Corman did a wonderful job of direction and somewhere in the movie is hidden Jack Nicholson. He was so young and cute and played such a straight role, as Peter Lorre's son, I almost missed him. Costume designs by Marjorie Corso and make up from Ted Coodley were above par. Well worth the viewing, but don't come in thinking you are gonna see a horror movie, it is far, far from that. Some of
Price's expressions are hysterical!


Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12

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