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When I was a kid my Dad treated me to the classic horror movies of his day. Movies such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman were not only great films, but foundational to the horror genre that we know today. I think it’s important to revist these films this time of year and watch masters of their craft hard at work. Well this week we’ll be watching one of the last of these horror classics, the 1963 masterpiece The Raven. With a cast the like of Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre how could you expect a film to get any better? What if I told you it was directed by one of the masters himself, Roger Corman? If you are a fan of the genre and have not treated yourself to this film, you definately need to show up and watch!
Loosly based on the poem by Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven follows the story of sorcerer Dr. Erasmus Craven (Vincent Price). Craven has been mourning the death of his wife Lenore for over two years, much to the chagrin of his daughter Estelle. One night he is visited by a raven, who happens to be a transformed wizard, Dr. Bedlo (Peter Lorre). Together they brew a potion that restores Bedlo to his human form. Bedlo explains he had been transformed by the evil Dr. Scarabus (Boris Karloff) in an unfair duel. Craven and Bedlo decide to exact revenge on Scarabus and search for Craven’s wife’s ghost.
This movie is a ton of fun and even has a few suprises and cameos of stars of today back when they were quite young. See if you can pick them out when you join us this Sunday at 7:00 PM CST on Xbox Live!