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Curse of the Undead (1959)

Unrated | | Horror, Western | May 1959 (USA)
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
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Dolores Carter
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Dr. John Carter
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Buffer
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Sheriff
Jimmy Murphy ...
Tim Carter
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Dora
Jay Adler ...
Bartender - Jake
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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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Shot in 18 days. See more »

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Dr. John Carter: You know I can't figure it, I didn't think Dora would last the night.
Preacher Dan Young: I'd like to think my prayers helped some.
Dr. John Carter: Well I know for sure it wasn't my medicine, Fuller girl died an hour ago. I poured over every medical book I could get my hands on, I can't find a thing about an epidemic effecting only young girls. If I were supersticous I'd say it was more like a curse. Well, at the expense of my medical pride, I have to admit it was your medicine that did the trick, her pulse is normal, she's ...
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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Curse of the Undead (1959) (1982) See more »

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Better vampire lore than many movies
22 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People have mentioned what they see as mistakes or oddities in the vampire lore of this film. In fact, the whole concept of sunlight destroying vampires was created in Hollywood and is not mirrored (no pun intended) by traditional vampire lore. I believe the idea of sunlight- kills-vampire dates from Murnau's 1922 "Nosferatu," further amplified by such films as the 1943 "The Return of the Vampire." Production codes did not allow the gory spectacle of a stake being pounded into someone's heart, or beheading, so the "clean" method of death by sunlight was invented. There's a certain magical logic to the notion, but it's not a traditional method. Remember, in Stoker's novel Count Dracula goes about London by daylight with no ill effects.

Eric Fleming's cross pin (which destroys the vampire when delivered by a .45 slug) is not from the "true cross," but as he says in the film, from a thorn tree growing in the Holy Land. In any case, it's a consecrated object.

In many cultures, suicides were in danger of coming back as vampires or revenants. That's why many suicides were buried at crossroads; upon emerging from the ground the lost soul would dither about what direction to go and not get around to doing damage to the living.


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