Celebrate Roger Corman’s Birthday with THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM on the Big Screen!

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We’re obviously big Roger Corman fans here at HorrorsNotDead, and, even though we can’t personally party with the legendary filmmaker on his birthday (April 5), we can still celebrate with him from miles away in Austin, Texas! Thanks to Tugg.com, we’ll be hosting a special birthday screening of his 1961 Vincent Price classic THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM. This was the second Edgar Allen Poe film from Corman, a series that eventually came to represent his peak as a director. Each of the Corman/Poe/Price team-ups are expertly paced, visually exciting, and full of genuine menace and thrills, so we can practically guarantee you’ll have a great time.

The mysterious passing of a nobleman’s wife is placed under scrutiny by her suspicious brother-in-law. As he investigates her death, he uncovers the castle’s secret past as a place of torture during the Spanish Inquisition and its lingering influence on those who live between its walls. The film stars Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luane Anders.

This rare opportunity to see a Corman classic on the big screen will take place at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Thursday, April 5 at 9:45pm. Tickets are available here. As with all Tugg events, the screening doesn’t happen until their minimum attendance is met, so please spread the word on the screening to anyone and everyone you know, and we hope to see you on April 5!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Corman!

Halloween White Elephant: The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

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From John–“Is this Roger Corman’s best film?  Possibly.  I gave this one to Jacob Hall because it’s still fresh on my mind after seeing it a few months ago on Netflix.  MASQUE is genuinely perverse, sinister, and colorful, and stands out as the richest of Corman’s cheapies, a little closer in tone to Hammer Films than American International Pictures was typically known for. Time has sort of unfairly lumped it in with all of Corman’s Poe films; I think it stands out as a great horror film. My hope is that Jacob will think so too.”

Did you know that Roger Corman could actually direct? I’m not talking about a some unintentionally funny B-movie piece of junk, I’m talking about an intentionally interesting, creepy B-movie slice of awesome. The Corman name may be synonymous with schlock — and let’s face it, the man deserves it, mainly because he produced a whole bunch of worthless junk because it made him a whole bunch of money — but when he actually got behind the camera and had a decent script in his hand, he was capable of producing some damn fine schlock, schlock so good that it stops being schlock and starts being, I dunno, good schlock. His The Wasp Woman is one of the more character-driven “human becomes a monster” B-movies of the 1950s and his X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes is a legitimately fascinating science fiction film. Better than both of those is his adaptation of a classic Edgar Allan Poe story, The Masque of the Red Death, which manages to effectively Hollywood-ize the original story (Poe’s work is so internal that you’ve got to take some liberties) while capturing what makes the story work in the first place.

Vincent Price, Memorialized on YouTube

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Taken from the Vault of Horror, embedded below is a video tribute to Vincent Price that could not be more wonderful.  It has brightened my mood every time I’ve watched it.  Enjoy:

Which reminds me that I need to hook up a VCR to watch my VHS copy of STRANGE BUT TRUE FOOTBALL STORIES hosted by Vincent Price.

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