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Edgar Allan Poe Through the Eyes of European Film Makers

"THE 'Red Death' had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so Hideous"--The opening lines of "The Mask of the Red Death" from 1842 by American author Edgar Allan Poe.



Mention Edgar Allan Poe in motion pictures. Most fans would immediately associate Roger Corman and Vincent Price. Corman made a series of seven films between 1960 and 1964 with Price in all, but "The Premature Burial" which starred Ray Milland.

Horror is international. How many versions of Irish author Bram Stoker's "Dracula" have been made worldwide? How many of them were made in the United States ranging from Todd Browning's 1931 "Dracula" to 2014's "Dracula Untold" for example?

So it's natural that Edgar Allan Poe would make the transition to Foreign Counties. This article is a look at four such European Poe motion pictures starting 88 years ago with a silent film from France. All of which I have seen …