red death, the

red death, the

pestilence, embodied in a masque, fatally penetrates Prince Prospero’s abbey. [Am. Lit.: Poe The Masque of the Red Death]
See: Disease
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The unofficial series of eight films, all bizarrely compelling, wildly atmospheric (and all shot on fifteen-day schedules), contain several unquestionable masterpieces (House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tomb of Ligeia).
The veteran cult film godfather, Roger Corman, was honoured with a retrospective which included screenings of Bloody Mama, The Masque of the Red Death, The House of Usher, The Trip, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Wild Angels.
The Premature Burial, The Masque of the Red Death, The Curse of Frankenstein and Devil Girl from Mars helped propel her to cult status and brought her fan mail even in her later years.
Mulholland Drive, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Repulsion, Videodrome, Suspiria, The Masque of the Red Death, The Shining, NaturalBorn Killers, are each very clearly 'auteurist' works that appeal to a cult and an art audience.
Likewise, the "Vast forms that move fantastically/ To a discordant melody" evoke the victims of the Red Death, the dancing knights and ladies who, along with Prince Prospero, vainly "bid defiance to contagion" (671).
But it is, in fact, not a new development; Ouellette's military rhetoric echoes medieval images of the Triumph of Death, the brutal invasion of the Red Death, the violence of Jack London's The Scarlet Plague, and the pervasive allegorical equation between pestilence and war in Camus's novel.
As Frank works speedily to inject a remedy into the young man who has overdosed on Red Death, the dangerous drug du jour, Marcus convinces the spiky-haired, black-garbed witnesses to join hands and pray to Jesus for their friend's recovery.
Masque of the Red Death, The Allegorical short story by Edgar Allen POE, first published in Graham's Magazine in April 1842.
From these materials he drew the startling effects of his tales of death (Fall of the House of Usher, The, Masque of the Red Death, The, Premature Burial, The), his tales of wickedness and crime ( Black Cat, The, Cask of Amontillado, The, Tell-Tale Heart, The), and his tales of survival after dissolution (Ligeia).

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