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The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964)

| Horror | May 1964 (USA)
Relatives gather in an old house for the reading of a will, but the "dead" man comes back to life and starts killing.




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Cast overview:
Philip Sinclair (as Roy R. Scheider)
Helen Warren ...
Abigail Sinclair (as Helen Waren)
Robert Milli ...
Bruce Sinclair
Margot Hartman ...
Vivian Sinclair
Hugh Franklin ...
James Benson
Linda Donovan ...
Letty Crews
Dino Narizzano ...
Robert Harrington
Candace Hilligoss ...
Deborah Benson
J. Frank Lucas ...
Seth Lucas
George Cotton ...
Constable Winters
Jane Bruce ...
The Cook
Paul Haney ...
Chief Constable Barnes
William Blood ...
Minister (as Williiam B. Blood)


Rufus Sinclair was a cranky old millionaire with a terrible fear of being buried alive. After his apparent death, clauses in his will meant to prevent his being buried alive are violated by his uncaring family, and soon a masked figure begins prowling the family's Connecticut estate, slaughtering the family members one by one in a variety of separate, horrible ways. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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More terrifying than FRankenstein...More deadly than Dracula...The creature that undrapes the passions of the living! (original poster)







Release Date:

May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tumba Maldita  »

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$120,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Del Tenney: The Living Corpse. See more »


Towards the end of the movie, the caretaker named Seth was stabbed in the throat and put into a coffin. However, when the coffin is opened, there is the face of a different actor with the throat wound. Apparently, the actor portraying Seth refused to lie in a coffin. See more »


Bruce Sinclair: [to Vivian, after she uncovers a severed head on a breakfast platter] Would you prefer a different menu?
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Not Great But Worth A Look
20 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this film is by no means a thriller on par with anything Mario Bava directed or anything Edmond O'Brien starred in, it still is a pretty decent watch. The acting is overdone, the comic relief (if one can call it that) is so pitiful that I was seriously hoping the Constable (the "funny" character) was the next beheaded.

THe story surrounds a New England family of status and money. Their abusive and controlling father dies, leaving an inheritance for each member of the family provided they fulfill the stipulations of the will. Upon the first reading of the will, we learn that everyone has already violated the terms, wow. Way to cut out a lot of story. The murders are pretty predictable and leave little tension. The killings each pertain to said victims' fear (drowning, fire, etc) and are admittedly pretty graphic for 1963/1964. The beheading, the drowning scene, etc are very violent and there is no sparing the gore. That isn't to say that it looks completely realistic, but nonetheless at the time it must've caused quite a stir.

The murderer is allegedly the dead father returned from the grave to revenge his disobedient family. I won't spill the beans but you can probably guess the twist about a half and hour into the film.

Roy Scheider makes his screen debut and chews the scenery with vigor.

At the end of the film the explanations don't really justify the "how" and if you've scene the film, and know the character I'm talking about, his "disability" wouldn't have allowed him to do what he did.

Through and through there are points of interest, it's not complete fodder but I wish the police men had been cut from the film. They made the viewing less pleasurable for me. It's not complete fodder and OK for a double feature (as it's released with Horror of Party Beach) when you just want a bit of "fun" and non-introspective entertainment,

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