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A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.
Hop-Toad and Esmeralda were drawn from Poe's short story "Hop-Frog". That story was inspired by an actual incident in 1393, where French King Charles VI and 5 of his lords dressed and chained themselves as "wild men" at a masquerade, and their costumes caught fire from a stray spark. 4 of the lords died, and the incident became known as the Bal de Ardents (Ball of the Burning Men).
My God... my God!
Man in red: Who is... *your* God?
Gino: The true one.
Man in red: Yes...
Prospero gives "Belial" as an alternative name for Satan. In virtually all sources this is the name of a demon, not Satan himself.
Satanic cards are put by an animated hand on the red background during the closing credits, finishing with the death card "La mort".
UK BBC transmissions include the dialogue and face-slapping missing from all DVD releases as well as a scene, running around 50 secs, in which Hop Toad tells the female dwarf that no one will ever hit her again.
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