Not Rated | | Horror
A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.
Over two miles of corridors were built in sections spreading over three sound-stages for Jane Asher to run through while she was held captive.
Let me speak to you about the, uh, "anatomy of terror."
Prospero: Terror? What would you know of terror, Alfredo? Your senses are much too blunt! What is "terror?" Come.
Prospero: Listen. Is it to awaken and hear the passing of time? Or is it the failing beat ...
Towards the end of the movie, just before Prospero sees the man in red, a blonde woman dances from left to right. The frame then jumps and the blonde woman is once again on the left side without having returned.
"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all."- the final line of the original Poe story.
The German Blu-ray restores some cuts of the MGM version. Jane Asher is kicked in the face by Vincent Price's guard while she is saying the sentence 'Mercy in the name of God'. In the MGM releases (including the DVDs and the US Blu-ray) the kick and '..of God' is missing. Around 20:30 Min. into the movie there is a scene where the camera zooms in on a black gate and then switches to a scene with Vincent Price going through the hall of his castle. The zoom is slightly longer on the German Blu-ray (most likely a frame cut in the MGM releases), thus in the next scene the music sets in immediately in the German Blu-ray whereas it takes almost two seconds in the MGM release. Also the German Blu-ray features the Francesca bathtub scene in its uncensored version as a deleted scene.