The Masque of the Red Death (1989a)

USA, South Africa, 1989
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby, English

An American/South African horror film directed by Alan Birkinshaw.

Plot Summary

Journalist Rebecca manages to get into a party being thrown by the aristocratic Ludwig in his 18th century castle but the red-robed figure of Death roams the rooms and corridors killing guests.


Directed by: Alan Birkinshaw
© MCMLXXXIX [1989] 21st Century Productions N.V.
21st Century Film Corporation presents a Breton Film production
Produced by: Avi Lerner, Harry Alan Towers
Associate Producer: John H. Stodel
Screenplay by: Michael J. Murray
Based on a Story by: Edgar Allan Poe [credited with possessory above title]
Director of Photography: Jossi Wein
Film Editor: Jason Krasucki
Music Composed by: Coby Recht
Sound Mixer: Colin McFarlane
Costume Designer: Dianna Cilliers
Chief Makeup: Colin Polson
Special Makeup Effects by: Scott Wheeler
Prosthetics: Scott Wheeler
Special Effects Coordinator: Greg Pitts
Production Designer: Leith Ridley
Casting: Gianna Pisanello

Frank Stallone (Duke)
Brenda Vaccaro (Elaina)
Herbert Lom (Ludwig)
Michelle McBride (Rebecca)
Christine Lundé (Colette)
Christobel d’Ortez (Dr Karen)
Simon Poland (Max)
Foziah Davidson (Kitkra)
Lindsay Reardon (Dalton)
Godfrey Charles (Hans)
Andy Barrett (Jimmy)
Paul Andrews (gameskeeper)
Deon Opperman (magician)
Dominique, Nico Britz (statue couple)
Laurentino, Pierre Perrold (waiters)
Alex Klootwyk, Michael Megrin, Joanna Ward, Lynsey Schmukler (guests)
Gordon Day (security guard)
Brad Morris, Liza Jacobs (balcony couple)
Cathy Lee Smith, George Bastos (musicians)
Suzanne Smithdorf, Linda Smith, Karen Buckanan (neo punk dancers)

Alternative Titles

Máscara de muerte – Mexico
A Máscara Vermelha da Morte – Portugal
La maschera della morte rossa – Italy
Riptide – Germany
A vörös halál árnyékában – Hungary
Маска красной смерти – Russia



  • Screen International no.727 (21 October 1989) p.34 – advertisement


  • The Poe Cinema: A Critical Filmography by Don G. Smith pp.262-267 – illustrated review