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In this tongue-in-cheek movie inspired by Poe's poem, Dr. Craven is the son of a great sorcerer (now dead) who was once himself quite skilled at that profession, but has since abandoned it. One evening, a cowardly fool of a magician named Bedlo comes to Craven for help- the evil Scarabus has turned him into a raven and he needs someone to change him back. He also tells the reluctant wizard that Craven's long-lost wife Lenore, whom he loved greatly and thought dead, is living with the despised Scarabus.
The supreme adventure in terror!
Title: Raven, The
Release Date: January 25, 1963
Runtime: 86 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Buried.com Rating: 7.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R
MPAA Rating: G
Vincent Price ...Dr. Erasmus Craven
Peter Lorre ...Dr. Adolphus Bedlo
Boris Karloff ...Dr. Scarabus
Hazel Court ...Lenore Craven
Olive Sturgess ...Estelle Craven
Jack Nicholson ...Rexford Bedlo
Connie Wallace ...Maid
William Baskin ...Grimes (Craven's servant)
Aaron Saxon ...Gort
John Dierkes ...Roderick Craven
Samuel Z. Arkoff
James H. Nicholson
Edgar Allan Poe
More Movie Taglines:
- The supreme adventure in terror!
- The Macabre Masterpiece of Terror!
- Wits and wizardry run a-fowl!
- Dr. Craven: You'll need something to protect you from the cold. [Dr. Bedloe reaches for a glass of wine] Dr. Craven: No, I meant clothes! Dr. Bedloe: Oh.
Rexford Bedlo: I am Dr. Bedlo's son! Dr. Bedloe: I am sorry...
Dr. Scarabus: Afraid my dear? There's nothing to be afraid of.
Dr. Craven: Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, / Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. / While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, / As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door./ “’Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door. / Only this and nothing more."
Dr. Craven: [Answering a request for wine] Here's some nice hot milk. Dr. Bedloe: Milk! How vomitable.
- Peter Lorre and Jack Nicholson were fond of ad-libbing their lines, much to the annoyance of Boris Karloff, who was working from the script.
In casting his spells, Dr. Bedlo uses several Latin phrases: Veni vidi vici: I came, I saw, I conquered. De mortuis nil nisi bonum: Do not speak ill of the dead. Cave canem: Beware of the dog. Si vis pacem parabellum: If you want peace, prepare for war. Ceterum censio Carthaginem esse delendam: Furthermore, I believe that Carthage must be destroyed.
Jack Nicholson always gave high praise to everyone he worked with on the set, except one - the Raven. He said the Raven pooped on everyone, but especially liked to poop on him; he later said: "I would look down when the Raven flew off my shoulder, and it would be covered in poop....I hated that bird."
The events in the film take place circa 1506 based on two clues offered early on. Dr. Craven states that his father has been dead 20 years, and when they show the plate on the coffin the date of death is given as 1486. Therefore, 1486 + 20 = 1506.
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