5.2/10
230
11 user 8 critic

The Hellfire Club (1961)

Years after fleeing his ancestral home with his mother, Jason returns home to claim his birthright, only to find his way blocked by his evil cousin Thomas. In order to reclaim his title, ... See full summary »

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A man and wife are terrorized by Mad Scientist Dr. Callistratus who was executed but has returned to life with a heart transplant. Along with his crippled assistant Carl, the 'anemic' Mad ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Cass
Stars: Donald Wolfit, Vincent Ball, Barbara Shelley
Brain Damage (1988)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

One morning a young man wakes to find a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but in return demands human victims.

Director: Frank Henenlotter
Stars: Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at count Dracula's castle. Needless to say, he is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A scientist, working with genetics, creates a creature that is capable of transforming back and forth between a giant Death Head moth and a beautiful woman. The creature masquerades as his ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell
Stars: Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng, Wanda Ventham
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Beverly Garland, Bruce Bennett, Lon Chaney Jr.
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch
Mystery | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary are having an affair, so when Wayne's wife is found smothered to death, he becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigate the murder, a ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, J. Edward Bromberg
Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A stage mentalist involved in a mysterious death and a discredited plastic surgeon are among the assorted characters involved in mysterious goings-on in an eerie wax museum.

Director: Harold Young
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Milburn Stone
Crime | Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A scientist who is working on a cure for influenza is victimized by his unscrupulous boss, who releases the vaccine before it's ready, resulting in the death of the scientist's young son.

Director: John Hoffman
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, J. Carrol Naish
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When an artist is blinded, his fiancée's father offers an operation to restore his sight. When the benefactor suddenly dies, the artist becomes a suspect.

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Jean Parker, Paul Kelly
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Under hypnosis, a young woman turns into a vampire.

Director: Herbert L. Strock
Stars: Sandra Harrison, Louise Lewis, Gail Ganley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Michell ...
Jason Caldwell
...
...
Mr. Merryweather
Peter Arne ...
Thomas, Earl of Netherden
Kai Fischer ...
Yvonne
David Lodge ...
Timothy
Bill Owen ...
Martin
Miles Malleson ...
Judge
...
Jason Junior
Jean Lodge ...
Lady Netherden
Francis Matthews ...
Sir Hugh Manning
Desmond Walter-Ellis ...
Lord Chorley (as Desmond Walter Ellis)
Denis Shaw ...
Sir Richard Benlow
Tutte Lemkow ...
Higgins
Rupert Osborne ...
Thomas Junior
Edit

Storyline

Years after fleeing his ancestral home with his mother, Jason returns home to claim his birthright, only to find his way blocked by his evil cousin Thomas. In order to reclaim his title, Jason must do battle with his cousin, who calls upon the members of the deadly Hellfire Club to stop him. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

September 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den hemmelige klub  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

The real Hellfire Club was a group of 18th century aristocrats dedicated to the violation of local virgins. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Demonlover (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fun to watch.
18 May 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Hellfire Club" is an amiable swashbuckler. It's not among the best of its genre, but it's quite agreeable. It has a very fine pace, a respectable amount of energy, an appreciably high level of humor, and an extremely engaging cast.

The setting is England in the 1770s. Young Jason (Martin Stephens) and his mother (Jean Lodge) flee for their lives, from the tyranny of their cruel father / husband (Andrew Faulds). 15 years later, Jason is now a hunky, strapping adult (Keith Michell) living with a circus troupe. He receives word that his father has died, and decides to return to the family home to reclaim his birthright. But to do so, he will have to battle his sleazy and corrupt cousin Thomas (Peter Arne).

The action and the sword fights may indeed not be the slickest that you'll ever see, but they're still entertaining enough to watch. Lavishly photographed in widescreen by Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman (who are also the producers and the directors), it's violent without ever being gory, and its sets and costumes are reasonably appealing. The music score by Clifton Parker is appropriate all the way through. As said before, the sense of humor helps a lot, especially during the sequence where Jason masquerades as a French Marquis (Bernard Hunter); Michell is hysterical in these scenes.

There are solid contributions from much of the cast: lovely Adrienne Corri as the grasping but honest Lady Isobel, ever delightful Peter Cushing as the lawyer Mr. Merryweather, David Lodge as Timothy, Miles Malleson as a judge, Francis Matthews as Sir Hugh Manning, and Skip Martin as Joey. Michell is a worthy hero, and Arne is an effectively slimy villain.

"The Hellfire Club" remains consistently diverting for its entire 93 minute run time.

Seven out of 10.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Hellfire Club (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?