The Raven (1963)
Director: Roger Corman
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court
Storyline: A magic user has been turned into a raven and turns to his former sorcerer to help him.
Review (Spoils): This is based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem which Vincent Price is known to do. What we have is Bedlo (Peter Lorre) comes to Dr. Craven (Vincent Price) for help as he has been turned into a raven from an evil wizard named Scarabus (Boris Karloff). Through this we also learn that Scarabus has enchanted Craven’s long lost wife Lenore (Hazel Court) who he believed to be dead!
The acting is well done in the film but the horror is lacking in this Poe film unlike other films that Vincent Price has done. This is film is more of spoof then actually to be taken serious even the special effects are a little silly. Nothing shocking here except some crazy spell effects.
Rating: As for Vincent Price films this one lacks as there are a lot better ones out there to checkout for the king of macabre.
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Director: Terence Fisher
Main Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hazel Court
Storyline: Dr. Frankenstein recalls the tale of the creation of the monster.
Review (Spoils): Hammer is back on my horror list and this time we have Peter Cushing playing Dr. Frankenstein and Christopher Lee playing the monster. The storyline is pretty much the same as we have a young Frankenstein trying to create life but this time not using lightning but using a liquid formula. We have Hazel Court playing the voluptuous redhead that loves the doctor and tries her hardest to have his full attention instead of dealing with secret experiments. The acting in the film is very well done and the storyline is not that far off from the Universal one but the monster make-up for Christopher Lee is semi poor and that really takes away from the film. I know Hammer tried to do something unique but I just cannot get past the bluish rubber skin and the seam located along the neckline. This looks a little too amateur for Hammer films and there just was not enough meat in the film keep myself on my toes.
Rating: Not a bad movie but I have seen better Hammer films. I was excited to check this out but was let down on how bad the makeup was done in this film. Peter Cushing did an amazing job playing the doctor but there just was not enough going on to keep my interest like other Hammer films.