The Raven
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Although Roger Corman narrowly managed to avoid self-mockery in his pulpy, flamboyant adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe tales, it appears that the director chose this opportunity to let loose with outright parody; the result is a wonderfully entertaining romp with tongue planted firmly in cheek. The first screen teaming of legendary horror stars Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, and Peter Lorre -- later billed as "The Triumvirate of Terror" -- this so-called "adaptation" uses Poe's most famous poem as a springboard for Grand Guignol comedy from scriptwriter Richard Matheson.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"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)
"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)
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