Presented by director Roger Corman
In a loose interpretation of an Edgar Allan Poe story, Prince Prospero (Vincent Price) stays in his castle with his aristocratic guests while the “Red Death” plague rages across the Italian countryside. Prospero desires the beautiful Francesca, and agrees to take her husband and her father along to the castle.
At a masked ball, the prince has arranged a wedding, but an unexpected guest arrives. The Masque of the Red Death—an iconic B movie with cinematography by Nicolas Roeg (Don’t Look Now)—has been restored with recovered scenes originally cut by censors.
Thursday, January 2, 6:30 p.m. | Roger Corman receives the Lifetime Achievement Award during at the annual Houston Film Critics Society Movie Awards, presented at the MFAH. More Info
Digital 4K restoration by the Academy Film Archive and the Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
About the Director
The legendary Roger Corman (born 1926), a filmmaker with several hundred films to his credit, has rightly been called the “King of the B Movies.” His low-budget films made for Hollywood studios include one of the first “biker” movies, The Wild Angels, as well as numerous horror films based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe. Since 1970, Corman has operated successful independent film production and distribution companies. In 2009 he received an honorary Academy Award “for his rich engendering of films and filmmakers.”