Trick & Treat for October 30th:
THE RAVEN (1963; with Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Jack Nicholson; directed by Roger Corman)
Richard Matheson (TRILOGY OF TERROR, SOMEWHERE IN TIME, DUEL) wrote the script for this loose and goofy adaptation of the famously spooky Poe poem. Vincent Price portrays magician Erasmus Craven. Craven is visited by a raven–a raven that later, thanks to Craven, takes the form of wizard Bedlo, played by Peter Lorre. Bedlo and his son (a very young Jack Nicholson) helps Craven locate Craven’s allegedly deceased wife (Hazel Court), who has now made her nest with Craven’s nemesis, the evil Scarabus (Boris Karloff). A battle royal rages between the two rival sorcerers, all done tongue-in-cheek, Roger Corman style. This was the first time the “triumvirate of terror”–Price, Lorre and Karloff–had appeared together in a movie. The jolly “raven” on your box of Crows will set the mood for this not-so-serious Halloween film. As for “nevermore”, don’t be concerned about your ravenous appetite. Crows are fat free.
Who wants to wait until the 31st to wallow in Halloween indulgences and scary movies?! Home Projectionist doesn’t! And so we’ll have pairings of 31 Frights and 31 Bites every one of October’s 31 nights: a scary, snack size movie “trick”, and a delicious “treat” to go along with it.