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Title:
The Masque of the Red Death
('Edgar Allan Poe classic')
Plot:
This is a modern day adaptation of Poe's classic. Here, an environmental disaster occur which results in a massive plague. An old man isolates himself and his family in his manor to wait out the epidemic.
Episode:
0201
Air Dates:
First Run - January 10, 1975
Repeat - March 8, 1975
Repeat - June 30, 1979
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8 Responses to Episode 0201


One of the great episodes of all time.

Very good, but its funny hearing that 1996 isn't far away and if we don't change how awful it could be, when if anything its gotten worse!

Most twisted morality play. This episode takes morality and twist it all around and spits it out. Poorly written, far to many contradictions in the story. I have never read EAP version so I dont one how acurate this is to his, but none the less this is a very frustrating story.

A multi-millionaire prepares for worldwide diseases (common in 1996) by fortifying his mansion and selecting a small group of people to live with him. One member of his circle contracts the red death and we learn of the millionaire's true colors.

Taking place in the not too distant future year of 1996, the Red Plague has struck the Earth causing people to take refuge where they can. One millionaire has constructed a fortress in which he takes his daughter and son in law, and his bimbo girlfriend. He also brings with him a servant and his deaf-mute wife to tend to the menial day to day tasks. The son in law is distraught over the state of the world and feels guilty about surviving in such lavish and opulent conditions. The bimbo admits she has nothing in her head and doesn’t know what to think or do. The daughter is a staunch supporter of her strict and selfish father. When the servant woman is struck with the Red Plague, she is tossed out of the house and the man servant pledges revenge. A great episode with an imaginative scenario, believable characters, captivating plot, and well acted.

This is a decent adaptation of a Poe story. The sci-fi aspect of it doesn't exactly hurt, but I don't think it enhances it in any way, either. Neither is the ending as eerie as the original--with the lack of the Black chamber and the ebony clock and its disconcerting chime. Another odd aspect of this broadcast is the weird "outro" by E.G. at the end of ACTII (Where he speaks of knowing us so well and what a good time it's been..etc....) Very strangely written and executed. The performances by the two leads (Staats Cotsworth and Karl Swenson) are both very strong and helps keep our interest. Good story....Not the best Poe adaptation RMT did, but a fun experience overall. Until Next Time.....................

Another Poe adaptation and this one annoys me more than most. Maybe they are just beating down my resistance. A bit of muddled eco-concern accompanies this story of a wealthy man who seeks to escape a lethal pandemic by closing himself up in his inaccesable mountain-top retreat. Simple minded, two dimensional, characters talk at one another in order to fill time till the dull and unsurprising ending. Is it possible that Roger Corman did a better job? I think so.

This was an okay story, but not nearly as good as the original. The other adaptations up to this point were much better and I didn't think the ecological aspect did much to help it out. Oh well, I would guess when you have to do so many adaptations in a short amount of time you might get a some not as good as others.

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