The Raven


[The Raven] USA, 1963, colore, 35 mm, 86′
di Roger Corman
Sceneggiatura Richard Matheson, Edgar Allan Poe – Fotografia Floyd Crosby – Montaggio Ronald Sinclair – Musiche
Les Baxter – Interpreti Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Olive Sturgess – Produttore Roger Corman

Melancholy magician Erasmus Craven, having recently relinquished his membership in the Brotherhood of Sorcerers after the apparent death of his wife Lenore, is paid a visit by a foul-mouthed talking raven, claiming to be small-time wizard Adolphus Bedlo. After some persuasion, Craven returns Bedlo to human form, reversing a spell placed by the evil Dr. Scarabus, Craven’s chief rival. After learning that a woman bearing a strong likeness to Lenore was seen in the Doctor’s company, Craven accompanies Bedlo to Scarabus’ castle, where the resulting battle of wills escalates into all-out magical warfare between the two embittered sorcerers.