Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Raven

The Raven (1963) Poster

The Raven (1963)

I was just watching this old classic when it occurred to me how many magic user attributes and spells this movie actually portrayed. Two main characters are part of a sorcerous brotherhood and the lead, Vincent Price, is the son of it's former Grandmaster.

For those of you who haven't actually seen this gem before here is the film's synopsis from IMDB ;
In this tongue-in-cheek movie inspired by Poe's poem, Dr. Craven is the son of a great sorcerer (now dead) who was once himself quite skilled at that profession, but has since abandoned it. One evening, a cowardly fool of a magician named Bedlo comes to Craven for help- the evil Scarabus has turned him into a raven and he needs someone to change him back. He also tells the reluctant wizard that Craven's long-lost wife Lenore, whom he loved greatly and thought dead, is living with the despised Scarabus.

A pretty good plot hook for any adventure, eh? Anyway, as I started off originally there are a slew of spells cast about in this including;
  1. Polymorph Other
  2. Fly
  3. Fireball
  4. Magic Missile (various flavors)
  5. Control Weather
  6. Call Lightning
  7. Passwall
  8. Contingency
  9. some form of Bigby's Hand Spell
  10. Teleport
  11. some form of Color/Prismatic Spray
  12. Telekinesis
  13. as well as some potion making
It just surprised me at how many of these were in there is all. Well if you haven't seen this old classic I would highly recommend it.

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