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1959 (Turkey) See more »
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A psychically gifted young woman discovers a centuries-old crate buried on her aunt's ranch. Opening it... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
William Reynolds ... Gordon Hawthorne
Andra Martin ... Linda Madison
Jeffrey Stone ... Hank Huston
Carolyn Kearney ... Jessica Burns
Peggy Converse ... Flavia McIntyre
Robin Hughes ... Gideon Drew
James Anderson ... Boyd Abercrombie
Charles Horvath ... Mike
Forrest Lewis ... Julian Ash
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Alexander ... Guard (uncredited)
Phil Harvey ... Trooper Kennedy (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Galleon Capt. Fletcher (uncredited)
Stuart Wade ... Trooper Swanson (uncredited)

Directed by
Will Cowan 
Writing credits
David Duncan (written by)

David Duncan  story "The Water Witch" (uncredited)

Produced by
Will Cowan .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Eric Orbom 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Julia Heron 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (gowns)
Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marshall Green .... assistant director
William Mozier .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound (as Frank Wilkinson)
Corson Jowett .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Irving Gertz .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herman Stein .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Irvin Berwick .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Luanna Sherman .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Final feature film for actress Carolyn Kearney.See more »


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Far more enjoyable than it really should've been, 24 July 2013
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca

When a group of people farming on their land stumble upon a mysterious crate buried in the ground, the removal of the object causes them to stumble onto the terrifying truth about it's contents when a body-less head starts running around the estate.

This was a pretty entertaining effort that has some good things to it that make it feel a lot better than it really should. The main thing here is the fact that the killer head is the main villain in this one, but rather than have him be the bloodthirsty creature he should be this one has him hypnotize those around him to do his dirty work so he can get his body back, and the film's decision to feature the hypnotized interacting with the unaffected others makes for some creepy scenes they attempt to manipulate them even further unwittingly towards the goal, and it's quite tense and creepy during these scenes. Also quite creepy are the scenes out in the cemetery where they unearth the crate in the darkness which feel quite like typical Gothic set-pieces that drive the creepiness up some, as well as the finale which generate some rather intense action scenes with the reanimated body running around make for some great thrills. It does take a while to start up here as the head doesn't get loose until quite late in the film for a quickie of this type, and some of the effects themselves look quite cheap, but the main problem is a rather disjointed storyline that never really makes a lot of sense overall as it careens between several different plot points that are interconnected through quite thin margins, making this somewhat flawed but overall enjoyable.

Today's Rating-PG: Violence.

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