The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, April 6-12

masque of the red death - corman

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Directed by Roger Corman
From its initial moments of burning violence until its bloody end, this film perfectly captures why Corman’s Poe era is his best. While the film takes its time to get to the ball, the moment horror fans Poe wait for, it manages, through new imagery, to put forward a political interpretation of the tale: a personified Red Death overthrows the powerful while helping the leader of the poor farmers that are subjects of Prince Prospero’s reign. As the despot, Vincent Price lives through Poe effortlessly, as it’s to be expected. Jaime Grijalba (April 12 at Tenant416)

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