The Raven (1963) - Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Hohum Score

7

Engaging

A magician, who has been turned into a raven, turns to a former sorcerer for help.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre
Length: 86 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 8 out of 95 found boring (8.42%)

One-line Reviews (45)

I'm sure the hardcore fanboys of these silver screen stars will love this, I enjoyed it but must admit I was bored.

If you aren't familiar with Roger Corman, he is one of the most prolific and entertaining "B" movie makers of all time.

Fascinating to watch three classic actors ham it up as a future star appears.

) This movie is worth watching for fans of Vincent Price; nobody can combine comedy and horror like him.

Price and Karloff square off in this slow fright comedy .

Most know this film from the enchantingly humorous "duel of the sorcerers" sequence, but the whole movie is quite entertaining.

On the downside I am not a huge fan of horror comedies and it does get a little silly at times, but it's a very entertaining movie, so long as the viewer is up for a laugh.

Overall its rather lame really, yes I know its a cult classic with an ultra classic legendary cast but the film is pretty dull and uneventful.

An intriguing Corman take on the classic Poe poem, a horror comedy with his typical B-movie visuals and cheesy dialog.

Raven, The (1963)*** (out of 4) An all-star cast makes this AIP/Poe production one of the most original and entertaining entries in the series.

For the fans, this film is one entire highlight and just a series of highly entertaining sequences and events.

Yes I'm shocked myself that I rate it so low because it is an entertaining movie.

self indulgent tosh .

That is one of the best part of the movie, which is the highly unexpected comedy that is incredibly prevalent in the film.

The movie often bored and distracted me, and I found myself losing track of the intricacies of the plot.

There are enough shock scenes to keep a 10 year old on the edge of his seat and enough cheesy comic relief to keep him from getting creeped out.

Lorre is just Annoying and Whiny, Krarloff seems Bored and Tired, and Oh Yea, there He is a Young Jack Nicholson, Director Roger Corman's Discovery, and about the Only Thing He can do is Look Out of Place and Awkward.

The special effects, great in their day, look a little bit threadbare now, but the film is still colourful, entertaining fun.

Roger Corman's "The Raven" is the best of the Poe films and the most entertaining.

The dialog is witty, snappy, funny and intelligent.

"The Raven" boasts no less a cast than Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Jack Nicholson, and 60's scream queen Helen Court – a mind boggling cast given that this is a low budget film.

This loose adaptation of the poem The Raven is one of the more entertaining entries in Roger Corman's film adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe's works.

Once upon a midnight dreary...

Fans of these actors will certainly eat this film up as it offers enough charm for two movies and in the end it's an incredibly entertaining little gem that often gets overlooked due to some of the more horror oriented films in the series.

Still worth watching though, as it's a steady entertainment.

It gets funnier when our two friends along with their sons (Jack Nicholson as secondary in an enjoyable acting though you'd never guess he'd end up a superstar from his interpretation here , he had previously played ¨Little shop of horrors¨ in another comic performance ) pitting their magic wills against the nasty wizard .

When the motley group arrive at Scarabus castle, they find that Lenore is indeed alive, that she left her somewhat dull husband for the interesting life that the aging Scarabus could provide, and that she and Bedlo were used by him as bait to lure Craven to his lair, where he wishes to learn more about Craven's superior magic skill.

Spotty But Enjoyable .

They make a great job giving this movie a dark and fascinating note.

While it's not a great film, it's entertaining even with the dull effects.

Bland .

Not really bad, just ho-hum.

In addition to Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Jack Nicolsen really made the movie worth watching.

Yes this is worth watching - if you like a good comedy-horror and fantasy film classic!

But it is pretty much entertaining and I'm always happy to see Price and Karloff.

this is soft core 1960's horror here, back in the day I'm sure it was deemed quite thrilling.

Yet, I'm sure you will find this movie entertaining and funny.

The other thing this movie has going for it is the excellent screenplay by Richard Matheson who basically decided it would boring to make a movie out only the poem.

By far the best part of the film comes with the lead actors who manage to blend the sinister with the silly in just the right balance to make the whole thing enjoyable.

Peter Lorre's part (and performance) is particularly enjoyable.

Although "The Raven" of 1963 is my least favorite entry to this excellent series of (loosely) Poe-based films, since it is not quite the eerie Gothic Horror the other films are, but more of a comedy, it is still a fascinating, funny and highly atmospheric film and there is no doubt that this is a must-see for every fan of the Horror genre.

I guess its an acquired taste when it comes to this movie, but I really enjoyed it for a good laugh.

With some great moments, the scene when Craven opens his father's coffin, the scene where Craven jumps to wild conclusions about his dead wife so the plot can move forward and the scene where the two wizards battle it out was very entertaining.

Also Hazel Court (looking stunning) is great in a small role.

Even at their young age they would seem to be far too sophisticated for this self indulgent tosh.