The Raven

1963

Action / Comedy / Fantasy / Horror

30
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 8858

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Cast

Jack Nicholson as Rexford Bedlo
Boris Karloff as Dr. Scarabus
Vincent Price as Dr. Erasmus Craven
Peter Lorre as Dr. Adolphus Bedlo
1080p.BLU
1.23 GB
1920*1080
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 26 min
P/S 1 / 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bbr00ks 7 / 10

Dumbledore vs Voldemort

My review is many a year too late to be of much use to anyone but oh well, I just watched it on my local oldies channel. This fun farce includes a really (surprisingly) heavyweight cast of instantly recognizable stars such as Vincent Price (the Thriller voice over guy as my daughter pointed out), Bella Lagosi (the Grinch thanks daughter!) and even Jack Nicholson looking quite young. The plot is played for fun and the cast mostly does well with the limited acting asked of them. Perhaps I had Harry Potter on the brain but (spoiler alert) final showdown between wizards seemed remarkably like The Order of the Phoenix fight between Dumbledore and Voldemort - right down the the medieval theme of the Ministry of Magic.

Reviewed by SimonJack 6 / 10

Price and Karloff square off in this slow fright comedy

The writers for this film had a heyday playing on words in connection with Edgar Allen Poe's classic poem, "The Raven." This was the earlier of two comedy-terror films released in 1963 with much of the same leading cast. The second film, "The Comedy of Terrors," had many more laughs.

Still, this is a fun film to watch Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre in their haunts. Price plays Dr. Erasmus Craven – the first obvious wordplay. Lorre is Dr. Adolphus Bedlo. Since he spends half of his time turned into a raven, the writers might have switched their names. Karloff is Dr. Scarabus. A young Jack Nicholson plays Lorre's son, Rexford Bedlo. The rest of the cast are good.

The Price and Karloff characters are antagonists with magical powers in "The Raven." With a rather lame script and not much humor in the dialog, many may find the movie dragging. Fans of the great fright masters of the past should enjoy it.

Reviewed by Smoreni Zmaj 7 / 10

Surprise

I thought I know what to expect from Roger Corman's movie from 1963, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and with Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre in leading roles. Boy, was I surprised. What I did not expect was comedy with Jack Nicholson !!! With Po's Raven this movie has very little connections. It's not particularly funny either. But it is pretty much entertaining and I'm always happy to see Price and Karloff. It's interesting to see Nicholson's beginnings too. To fans of Corman, Price and Karloff warm recommendations. The rest of you better skip it.

7/10

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