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


Come closer.

Take this

to your village...

and tell the people...

the day of their deliverance

is at hand.

Make way for

Prince Prospero!

Get back there!

According to my custom...

I have come here


to thank you for

the year's harvest...

To make sure we'll starve

on what is left.

And to invite you

to a feast...

to be held

in a fortnight...

when annually

I gather about me...

the nobles of

the countryside.

When you'll throw us

the scraps from your table...

as if we were dogs.


But these dogs

have a loud bark...

and show their teeth.


An old woman met

a holy man on the hill.

He made a prophecy.

He said the day of our

deliverance was at hand.

From your tyranny.

Well, then, shouldn't you be

on your knees to give thanks?

Garotte them.

No! I beg of you.

Mercy! Mercy!

Mercy in the name of...

The girl was addressing me.

What is your name?


What do you want

of me, Francesca?

Forgive them!

Forgive them!

That is not possible.

They have defied me.

If my hound

bites my hand...

after I have fed

and caressed him...

should I allow him

to go undisciplined?

Forgive them.

I beg of you.

How innocent you are.

However, I am disposed

to temper justice with mercy.

So I will leave it

up to you, Francesca.

One must die.

Which one?

One is my father.

The other,

the man I love.

You promised me


but I never

hoped for this.

Can such eyes ever

have known sin?

They will, Alfredo.

They will.

However, this is not

for your entertainment.

Even so, Francesca,

you must choose.

One will live,

one will die,

or both will die.

Silence that.

Well, choose, Francesca.

Which will die?


Must I take care

of everything myself?

Well, what is it?

Look, sir. Look.

The Red Death.

That old woman

was told the prophecy?

- Yes.

- Did you touch her?

- No.

- Or you or you?

Take them

to the castle.

- I'll take the girl.

- No!

They may provide us...

with some

entertainment after all.

To your horses, friends.

Burn the village

to the ground.

Why do you burn

their homes?

Winter comes.

This is your day

of deliverance...


Come on, there.

Come on, hurry up.

Come on, quick.

Come on.

Over there.

Come on, then.

Come on.

Get moving, there.

Quickly, get along.

Come on.

Hurry up!


you are to go to

my intended guests...

to the Duke of Verga,

to Verona, Florence...

tell them that they

are to come here...

to my castle

without delay...

And if they wish


to avoid the village

of Catania...

but to come at once.

You will wash.

In my own time.

The prince says

now is the time.

I will do nothing until I know

about Gino and my father.


but no humility.

Gino and my father,

where are they?

Why do you

hide yourself?

It's not right that

you should look at me.

You may go.

That cross you wear

around your neck...

is it only a decoration...

or are you a true

Christian believer?

Yes, I believe.


Then I want you

to remove it at once...

and never to wear it

within this castle again.

This peasant girl,

is she always to be

bathed in my bedroom?

We'll find you

another room, Juliana.

Meanwhile, you will dress

the Lady Francesca

in one of your

finest gowns.

I don't...


you can instruct her...

in the ways

of the court.

Please, my father...

Oh, yes. Your father.

Your father

and your lover...

are being quartered...

in a warm

and safe place.

Now I must

join my guests.

You may think that...

you've impressed

the Prince Prospero,

but you can count on

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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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