Monday, November 22, 2010


"PRICE AS PROSPERO" (2010) by Mark Redfield. Acrylic on canvas. (18x24)

This cartoon of Vincent Price as Prince Prospero, from the Roger Corman film The Masque of the Red Death, was commissioned by super-Poe fan Tanja Pawluczkowycz-O'Dell several months ago. I was able to deliver it to her personally at the Night of a 100 Poes film event at Westminster Hall, in Baltimore recently.

That's Tanja, in the picture above with a hatchet in her head, dressed as the wife of the killer in Poe's The Black Cat. My beard isn't for the costume contest that was held that night, but for an upcoming film based on a story by Lovecraft. More on that in the future as events unfold...

The Masque of the Red Death
is one of the most opulent of the AIP-Corman Poe adaptations. Filmed in England in 1963, and released in 1964, it stars Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher and co-stars the wonderful British character actors Patrick Magee, Nigel Green, and Robert Brown.

I'm looking forward to writing more about Vincent Price, this film, and many others through-out 2011, for the Price Centennial.

Image and text © Mark Redfield 2010.

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