The Raven

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American International Pictures Released 1963

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Director:
Roger Corman
Released:
1963
Rating:
G

The Raven (1963) is a ridiculous horror spoof starring Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre. Deep in mourning for his dead wife Lenore, sorcerer Dr. Erasmus Craven is surprised by a raven at his window - one which talks! The bird is actually a magician, Dr. Bedlo, transformed into corvine shape by the wicked Dr. Scarabus - and, he says, he saw Craven's dead wife very much alive in Scarabus's castle. The hectic events that happen after that are just too crazy to recount at any length, but many mysteries are cleared up in the course of a long night, and sorcery runs amok. The special effects are, given the low budget, ingenious, and the supporting cast includes a very callow-looking Jack Nicholson in one of his earliest movie roles.

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Director Roger Corman had had great success with entirely serious adaptations of such famous Edgar Allan Poe stories as The Fall Of The House Of Usher, The Pit And The Pendulum and The Premature Burial, but here he and scriptwriter Richard Matheson attempted  a gentle and affectionate parody of horror films, derived at considerable remove from one of Poe's most famous poems.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dr. Bedlo: [looking around the cobweb-festooned and dusty crypt]: Gee - hard to keep the place clean, huh?

    • Dr. Erasmus Craven: [dipping his forefinger into what appears to be a pool of blood]: Hmm.... raspberry jam!

    • Craven: [addressing the raven]: Will I ere see again that rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore?
      Bedlo: [in corvine form]: How the hell should I know?

    • Bedlo: Well, you got some dried blood of a bat in the house?
      Craven: I beg your pardon?
      Bedlo: Bat's blood. Dried or evaporated, bat's blood.
      Craven: No.
      Bedlo: How about some chain links from a gallow's bird? Jellied spiders? Rabbit's blood? Dead man's hair?
      Craven: No, we don't keep those things in this house. We're vegetarians.

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Comedy, Drama, Horror

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Slashers, Gay & Lesbian