In this tongue-in-cheek movie inspired by Poe's poem, Dr. Craven is the son of a great sorcerer (now dead) who was once himself quite skilled at that profession, but has since abandoned it. One evening, a cowardly fool of a magician named Bedlo comes to Craven for help - the evil Scarabus has turned him into a raven and he needs someone to change him back. He also tells the reluctant wizard that Craven's long-lost wife Lenore, whom he loved greatly and thought dead, is living with the despised Scarabus.Written by
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Finnish censorship certificate register # 68020 delivered on 28-1-1964. See more »
When Dr. Scarabus shakes hands with Dr. Craven, Dr. Bedlo stands behind the latter, but seen from behind he appears a little way on the left side of Dr. Craven. See more »
[Craven and Bedloe toast each other with wine after Bedloe's complete transformation back to human]
A little unexpected what happened down there, huh?
Yes, it was most unexpected. I-I just don't understand why should my father return from the dead and then tell me to beware... of what?
I wish I knew, I-I-I-I wish I knew.
[Bedloe mistakenly picks up a glass of milk and drinks]
Uh, that milk!
Oh I am sorry.
In any case I have to return to the castle of Dr. Scarabus tonight.
Oh no, sir, please, I ...
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One version has the climactic wizard duel without the rotoscoped bolts of magic. See more »
When I first saw this movies I was shocked by the humor. I was in the mood for a horror flick, and with actors such as Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, and the incomparable Boris Karlof I was sure that I had hit horror gold. However, after the first minute of the movie I quickly realized that this was not a horror film at all, but a wonderful satire of the horror genre.
What makes this movie work so well is that nobody takes themselves too seriously. In fact, you can tell from the outset that everyone in the cast is in on the joke. I would caution those who are expecting a great performance from Jack Nickleson to be prepared to be disappointed. However, it is plainly evident that he is an excellent actor just waiting to happen.
Is this movie perfect, hardly, but it is definitely worth seeing. If for no other reason than to see the climatic head to head dual of magic between Price and Karlof.
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