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The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958)

Unrated | | Horror | 1959 (Turkey)
A psychically gifted young woman discovers a centuries-old crate buried on her aunt's ranch. Opening it, her family discovers the living head of Gideon Drew, a 16th century devil worshiper ... See full summary »

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Gordon Hawthorne
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Linda Madison
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Hank Huston
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Julian Ash
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A psychically gifted young woman discovers a centuries-old crate buried on her aunt's ranch. Opening it, her family discovers the living head of Gideon Drew, a 16th century devil worshiper who was beheaded by Sir Francis Drake. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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It rose from the crypt to slake its monstrous thirst for beauty ... and the power to rule the earth! See more »

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Final film of director Will Cowan. See more »

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The characters claim the farm is isolated. However, the openings credits show the farm is clearly on the outskirts of a small town. See more »

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Gordon Hawthorne: You're not the same girl you were yesterday.
Jessica Burns: Yesterday I was trying to do what was right, I was afraid, but I'm not afraid anymore.
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Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: Christopher Lee/Meat Loaf (1978) See more »

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Atmospheric B thriller
16 January 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

On a California farm, folks uncover the served head of an evil colonial man which begins to possess people.

A rather inventive story makes this old B film a stand out from the other monster flicks of its day. Director Will Cowan gives this film some compact direction, making a nicely dark atmosphere for the movie, even creating some occasional eeriness and a few good shocks along the way. The music score for this film is the same spooky score used for the sci-fi classic This Island Earth (1955). The cast is pretty good, Hughes is especially good as the films non-deceased villain. Not a bad watch for those looking for a B flick that's a little different from the average rubber-monster movie.

** 1/2 out of ****


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