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The Raven

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Inspired by the gothic poem by Edgar Allen Poe and starring horror legends Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff (with Jack Nicholson in an early screen role), this Roger Corman classic about two wizards duelling for magical supremacy is utterly bewitching! 

Review

"One of the most sublimely silly products to emanate from Roger Corman's studio, The Raven has the very loosest of connections with the Edgar Allen Poe poem that gives it its title and which Vincent Price intones sepulchrally at the beginning. A retiring magician, Craven (Price) has opted out of the power struggles of peers such as Dr Scarabus (Boris Karloff) to brood on his dead wife and bring up his daughter. The arrival of Bledlo (Peter Lorre), an incompetent drunk whom Scarabus has turned into the raven of the title, involves him in everything he had renounced--life is complicated further by the arrival of Bledlo's son Rexford, played by a staggeringly young Jack Nicholson. The special effects are almost perfunctory, yet the culminating magical duel between Price and Karloff is inventive and charming; this is one of those films that looks as if the actors enjoyed making it; while the script by Richard Matheson has a blithe awareness of its own shortcomings that makes it hard to dislike." --Roz Kaveney
Re-released on
October 11th, 2005
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English, French, German, Italian
Length (Minutes)
83
Studio
MGM
Genres
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
UPC
9338683005076
Product ID
1468713

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