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Curse of the Undead (1959)

 -  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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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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The countryside, terrorized! The young and beautiful, drained of life! Even the strongest man, destroyed by the unholy... See more »

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Horror | Western

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May 1959 (USA)  »

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Mark of the West  »

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Great performances can't save horrible directing and writing
21 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is even worse than one might think. It's a silly premise, the mixing of Western and vampire, and it could have worked with a better idea.

However, Edward Dein, director of this movie, also writer, is heavy handed with a Nazi idealism, the Hitler ideal of the blond woman surviving in Nature, while all the dark haired damsels are destroyed. He shows this heavy handed hatred in THE LEECH WOMAN, where he contrives the story to purposely kill the innocent brunette for no apparent reason, except to satisfy his Hitler worship. It's impossible to ignore, because he hits us with a hammer over the head with it.

It's sad, too, because many of the most charismatic actors signed on in this movie, and probably had no idea they were engaged in this sort of propaganda. Rawhide's Eric Fleming, Frank Nitti actor Bruce Gordon, and the evil henchman of THE BLACK CASTLE, Michael Pate obviously saw this as a stepping stone to greater things, with big roles, and their acting was superb, as were all the actors, but the script was just so heavy handed with this contrived Nazi ideology, that there just wasn't anything else communicated.

Annoying and dull scripts and directing cannot be saved by great acting.


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