Masque of the Red Death 1989

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Masque of the Red Death ★★ 1989 (R)

Roger Corman's second attempt at Edgar Allan Poe's horror tale pales compared to his Vincent Price version made 25 years earlier. Under-aged cast adds youth appeal but subtracts credibility from the fable of a sadistic prince and his sycophants trying to ignore the plague outside castle walls. Only late in the plot does veteran actor Macnee add proper note of doom. 90m/C VHS . Patrick Macnee, Jeffery Osterhage, Adrian Paul, Tracy Reiner, Maria Ford, Clare Hoak; D: Larry Brand; W: Larry Brand, Daryl Haney; C: Edward Pei; M: Mark Governor.