The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

USA, UK, 1964
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Pathécolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American/British horror film directed by Roger Corman. Production company and presentation credits on prints shown in the UK differ from those shown on US prints.

Plot Summary

Prince Prospero and his Satanist followers indulge in a lavish ball at his castle while outside the countryside is ravaged by the virulent plague, the Red Death. But Prospero and his guests are visited by a mysterious figure dressed entirely in red who Prospero mistakes for Satan – in truth, he’s something much worse…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roger Corman
© Alta Vista Productions MCMLXIV [1964]
American International Pictures [US prints]. James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff present [opening credits] [US prints]. James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff have presented [closing credits] [US prints]. An Anglo Amalgamated production [UK prints]. Nat Cohen and Stuart Levy present [opening credits] [UK prints]. Nat Cohen and Stuart Levy have presented [end credits] [UK prints]
Produced by: Roger Corman [US prints]
Produced by: George Willoughby [UK prints]
Screenplay by: Charles Beaumont and R. Wright Campbell
From a story by Edgar Allan Poe
Photographed by: Nicolas Roeg
Film Editor: Ann Chegwidden
Music by: David Lee
Sound: Richard Bird, Len Abbott
Costume Supervisor: Laura Nightingale
Make Up: George Partleton
Hairdresser: Elsie Alder
Special Effects: George Blackwell
Production Design by: Daniel Haller

Vincent Price (Prospero)
Hazel Court (Juliana)
Jane Asher (Francesca)
David Weston (Gino)
Nigel Green (Ludovico)
Patrick Magee (Alfredo)
Paul Whitsun-Jones (Scarlatti)
Robert Brown (Guard)
Julian Burton (Senor Veronese)
David Davies
Skip Martin (Hop Toad)
Gaye Brown (Senora Escobar)
Verina Greenlaw (Esmeralda)
Doreen Dawn (Anna-Marie)
Brian Hewlett (Lampredi)
Sarah Brackett
Rosemarie Dunham *
Jean Lodge *
John Stone *
Harvey Hall *
Gladys Dawson *
John Westbrook [The Red Death] *

Alternative Titles

De blodtörstiga – Sweden
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death – end credits title
Kuolinnaamio – Finland
La máscara de la muerte roja – Argentinian/Spanish title
A Máscara Mortal – Brazil (television)
La maschera della morte rossa – Italy
Le Masque de la mort rouge – France
A Orgia da Morte – Brazil
Paholaisen lemmikkinä – Finland
Punaisen surman naamio – Finland
Satanas – Das Schloß der blutigen Bestie – West Germany

Extracts included in
Precious Images (1986)

See also
Maska crvene smrti (1969)
Masque of the Red Death (1989)
Die Pest in Florenz (1919)
Prizrak brodit po Yevrope (1923)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.6 pp.53
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.17 p.60
  • The Daily Cinema no.8870 (31 January-1 February 1964) p.10 – note (Production-wise)
  • The Daily Cinema no.8873 (7-8 February 1964) p.8 – note (Production-wise)
  • Famous Monsters of Filmland no.30 (September 1964) p.22-27 – illustrated article (The menace of the red death: A tale of woe, of Price & Poe by Peter J. Jarman)
  • Fangoria no.57 p.41 – review
  • Radio Times 25 September-1 October 1993 p.74 – credits
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