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Raven, The (1963)

A funny satire of horror stories (inspired by Poe’s poem) set in 15th-century England – a time ruled by magic, fear, and superstition.

Dr Craven (Vincent Price) is the son of a great sorcerer, now dead, who was once himself quite skilled at that profession, but has since abandoned it.

One evening, a cowardly fool of a magician named Bedlo (Peter Lorre) comes to Craven for help – the evil Scarabus (Boris Karloff) has turned him into a raven and he needs someone to change him back. He also tells the reluctant wizard that Craven’s long-lost wife Lenore (Hazel Court), whom he loved greatly and thought dead, is living with the despised Scarabus.

Sorcerers Craven and Bedlo set out to get revenge on the power-hungry colleague Scarabus and they pit their wits and powers against each other in a fight to the finish.

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Dr Erasmus Craven
Vincent Price
Dr Bedlo
Peter Lorre
Dr Scarabus
Boris Karloff
Rexford Bedlo
Jack Nicholson
Lenore Craven
Hazel Court
Estelle Craven
Olive Sturgess
Connie Wallace
William Baskin
Aaron Saxon

Roger Corman