The Masque of the Red Death

Synopsis: The evil Prince Prospero is riding through the Catania village when he sees that the peasants are dying of Red Death plague. Prospero asks to burn down the village and he is offended by the villagers Gino and his father-in-law Ludovico. He decides to kill them, but Gino's wife, the young and beautiful Francesca, begs for the lives of her husband and her father and Prospero brings them alive to his castle expecting to corrupt Francesca. Propero worships Satan and invites his noble friends to stay in his castle that is a shelter of depravity against the plague. When Prospero invites his guests to attend a masked ball, he sees a red hooded stranger and he believes that Satan himself has attended his party. But soon he learns who his mysterious guest is.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Roger Corman
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

little help from me.

You will do

as he told you.

Yes, as we all must do.

I will do what I must

to save my men.

But if they are killed...

I will die and so

will Prince Prospero.

Let me speak to you about

the anatomy of terror.


What would you know

of terror, Alfredo?

Your senses

are much too blunt.

What is terror?




Is it to awaken and hear

the passing of time...

or is it the failing beat

of your own heart?

Or the footsteps of someone

who just a moment before...

was in your room?

But let us not

dwell on terror.

The knowledge of terror

is vouchsafed...

only to the precious few.

And now may I present

for your entertainment...

the dancers Esmeralda

and Hop Toad.


did you find her?

Pretty toy, isn't she?


I wonder...

I'm sure you do,


I'm sure you wonder

about every female...

in my household...

every one with the appearance

of innocence.

You seem to take

great pleasure...

in corrupting it.

I'm not corrupting

Alfredo, no.


If the wench were full-size,

she'd drown us all in wine.

Well, my first novelty

seems to have failed.

However, on the Sabbath

at midnight...

for your amusement...

there will be

a masquerade.

The wardrobes

of the castle...

are yours to use.

But I beg of you,

even for the humor of it,

do not wear red.

You go too far.

I am not without

influence and power.

Against the Red Death?


Yes, it came

to the village.

Even now, it lays waste

to the countryside.

So you can count

yourselves fortunate...

that you are here

in this castle...

under the protection

of Prince Prospero.

May I present

the Lady Francesca?

Meanwhile, continue

with your merrymaking.

Act according

to your natures.

Senor Veronese...

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Charles Beaumont

Charles Beaumont (January 2, 1929 – February 21, 1967) was an American author of speculative fiction, including short stories in the horror and science fiction subgenres. He is remembered as a writer of classic Twilight Zone episodes, such as "The Howling Man", "Miniature", "Printer's Devil", and "Number Twelve Looks Just Like You", but also penned the screenplays for several films, among them 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, The Intruder, and The Masque of the Red Death. Novelist Dean Koontz has said, "Charles Beaumont was one of the seminal influences on writers of the fantastic and macabre". Beaumont is also the subject of the documentary, Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone's Magic Man, by Jason V Brock. more…

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