In light of the re-imagined story of Edgar Allen Poe’s THE RAVEN (2012) coming out this weekend, I figured why not reach back into the Flashback Friday bin and pull out another version. THE RAVEN (1963) was a comedy spoof starring three classic horror masters - Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff. It also starred a very young Jack Nicholson.
A wizard, Craven, was minding his own business when a talking raven flew thru his window. The raven was actually another wizard by the name of Bedlo. The wizard turned bird was trying to battle master wizard – Scarabus for his title. Bedlo asked Craven for help. When Craven confronted Scarabus he was surprised that his wife was with the evil wizard. Craven’s daughter was also caught up in the confrontation, and Scarabus challenged Craven to a ‘Wizard Duel’ in exchange for his daughter’s safety. Check out the trailer:
This is another movie that, even though it was pretty bad, was fun for me as a kid. I can’t even say it is bad, it just has that sixties corny thing going on. But being that Roger Corman directed it, I can see why it looked like it did. Corman was the master of cheap, but original film material. Especially Sci-fi and fantasy.
This is definitely another Saturday or Sunday movie for the kids. Have fun watching some old horror masters strut their stuff.
top image: filmsdefrance.com