The Raven

  • Roger Corman /
  • USA /
  • 1963 /
  • 86 mins

Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Olive Sturgess / Fiction / English

Harry Potter is a mere Muggle, compared to the scandalous wizard Dr. Scarabus!

With throwaway disregard for Poe’s poetic Lenore, Corman casts a comic spell about three ageing wizards. As Vincent Price and Peter Lorre vie for power (and camp credentials) against dastardly wizard Boris Karloff, a young ‘n’ dumb Jack Nicholson saves the day by grimacing away. This is Corman at his most satisfyingly irreverent – and devastatingly hilarious. Did we mention the talking bird?

Watch a video guide through this year's Roger Corman retrospective with EIFF Programmer Niall Greig Fulton here:

 

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