The Raven
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Although this Roger Corman production resembles the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe in name only, it is still an entertaining and suspenseful thriller. Dr. Craven (Vincent Price) is a medieval sorcerer in England. His is visited by an enchanted talking raven who is a fellow sorcerer put under a spell. Craven mixes a magic potion to return the bird to the human form of Dr. Beldo (Peter Lorre). Beldo proceeds to engage in a battle of deadly black magic spells with long time nemesis Dr. Scarabus (Boris Karloff). Dr. Beldo's son Rexford is played by Jack Nicholson. Price, Lorre, and Karloff all… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For a B-movie, "The Raven" rocks."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"Anything to do with Poe other than hearing The Raven poem read aloud is non-existent."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A classic AIP horror-comedy; Lorre is priceless; Price has tongue firmly in cheek. And a young Jack Nicholson to boot!"
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Indisputably the odd duck among the AIP Poe movies, although it is also one of the very best."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Gimmicky drive-in fare, though nobody can deliver that poem like Price."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"The Raven takes Poe's most famous poem and doesn't so much adapt it as dress it up in a clown nose and silly hat.... it's hard to shake the cognitive dissonance of Jack Nicholson posing like Burt Ward..."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Amusing horror parody notable mostly for its stars."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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