The Raven

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff
RRP: 12.99
Certificate: PG
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The wheels of horror churn amid touches of humour in this twisted tale of sorcery most fowl. Inspired by the gothic poem by Edgar Allan Poe this Roger Corman classic about two wizards dueling for magical supremacy is totally bewitching...

The Raven stars horror legends Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff - as well as Jack Nicholson in an early screen role. I was unsure of whether the majority of the humour in this movie was intentional. Sure, there are moments where it is obviously tongue in cheek, but the music seems too silly to believe and some of the dialogue is very corny. But then there are scary scenes - like the corpse of Vincent Price's supposedly departed wife.

This has aged fairly well, as a horror/comedy, and the film print used to transer to DVD is of acceptable quality - although there are a few marks visible from time to time.

If you like you horror with a touch of camp humour then you'll love this. Why it hasn't become a student classic is a mystery.

An entertaining movie even though there are no extras.

Nick Smithson

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