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Curse of the Undead (1959)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Western  |  May 1959 (USA)
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B-grade western with a twist: mysterious gunslinger-for-hire Drake Robey is really a vampire, and it's up to Preacher Dan to save the town and girlfriend Dolores Carter.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Preacher Dan Young
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Drake Robey / Don Drago Robles
Kathleen Crowley ...
Dolores Carter
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Dr. John Carter
Bruce Gordon ...
Buffer
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Sheriff
Jimmy Murphy ...
Tim Carter
Helen Kleeb ...
Dora
Jay Adler ...
Bartender - Jake
Eddie Parker ...
Henchman (as Edwin Parker)
John Truax ...
Henchman
Frankie Van ...
Henchman
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Henchman
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The cinema's first vampire Western! Young women in a small Western town are dying one by one of an unknown malady involving massive blood loss. The Carter family's ranch is being terrorized by ruthless land baron Buffer. And a mysterious black-clad gunfighter with an aversion to sunlight has just arrived in town. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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His body is an empty shell that hides a lustful fiend! See more »

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Horror | Western

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May 1959 (USA)  »

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Affairs of a Vampire  »

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1.37 : 1
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Classy little chiller
19 January 1999 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

I've always liked this movie: it takes a theme that could easily have been preposterous (a vampire Western?) and handles it with restraint, dignity, a nice feel for its two respective folklores, and deep, handsome B&W photography. It's an easy step from natural to supernatural for that classic Western icon, the mysterious, black-clad gunslinger who rides into town by night, and the rest of the movie is just as comfortable a blend. The laconic vampire, Drake Robey ("The dead don't bother me, ma'am, it's the living that give me trouble") is a noble monster who first preys on, then falls for the feisty rancher heroine, and there's a neat iconic scene involving a bullet mounted with Preacher Dan's precious fragment of the True Cross. Really a classy little movie and most unfairly overlooked - I can't believe this is the first comment on it!


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