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Gallery of Horror (1967) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • John Carradine narrates five horror tales, each with a comically predictable surprise ending. In the first, "The Witches Clock" (sic), The Farrells have purchased an old mansion in Salem Massachusetts, and are warned by the town doctor, Finchley, of the history of witches in the community, and the old clock which they brought up from the attic. Then an old man named Tristram Halbin comes for a visit. The second story, "King of the Vampires" deals with a slight-figured killer, called the King of the Vampires by Scotland Yard, which sends Brenner to investigate. The third, "Monster Raid," is about a man turned zombie when he OD's on his experimental drug, who returns to avenge his death at the hands of his widow and her lover-now husband. "Spark of Life" deals with a doctor Mendell obsessed with the experiments of a thrown-out professor named Erich von Frankenstein, and two of his students who try to restore a cadaver to life. "Count Alucard" (called "Alucard" by Carradine and "Dracula: on the end credits, is a variation on the Dracula story, with the Count acquiring the deed to Carfax Abbey from Harker, as vampiresses and dead bodies start turning up. It, too, has a surprise ending unrelated to Stoker.


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  • In "The King of the Vampires" episode, a 13th victim has just been wheeled into the morgue. Like the previous victims, she has puncture wounds on her neck and there are no leads as to who might be what the London newspapers are calling "the King Vampire," the most cunning, criminal mind ever encountered by Chief Homocide Inspector Marsh [Ron Brogan]. It's as though the vampire knows every move the police intend to make. Inspector John Brenner [Ron Doyle] heads down to Wamsley Lane, the site of the most recent victim. Unfortunately, the residents are extremely tight-lipped, untrusting of the police and preferring to take matters into their own hands. Only one old woman, Mrs O'Shea [Margaret Moore], is willing to describe the king vampire...tall, slender, dressed in black. Look for the face of a corpse, she says, and you'll find him. The next day, Brenner tells Marsh that he's gotten a description of the vampire from Mrs O'Shea. That night, however, Mrs O'Shea is murdered by the vampire. When Brenner returns to Wamsley Lane to investigate the death of Mrs O'Shea, the neighborhood residents have already found a suspect, and they proceed to beat their suspect to death. Did they get the vampire? Apparently not, because three more murders happen after his death. Brenner offers Marsh a theory: Suppose the King Vampire isn't a man but a woman? Nah, couldn't be, Marsh poohpoohs the thought. No woman could commit such heinous crimes. Brenner leaves Marsh's office, after which his secretary, tall, thin Miss Clark [Karen Joy], pounces on Marsh's neck. [Synopsis by bj_kuehl]

    In the "Count Alucard" episode, Harker [Roger Gentry] continues on foot to his destination...Castle Alucard...when the coach driver will go no further. There he presents the Count [Mitch Evans] with the deed to his newly-purchased London home, Carfax Abbey. That night, as Harker sleeps, vampiress Medina [Karen Joy] enters his bedroom. Just as she bites his neck, there is a knock on the castle door. The Burgermeister [Vic McGee] has followed a vampiress to the castle and requests Harker's help finding her. Harker joins the search team in the cemetery where they locate two coffins. They stake the vampiress lying in one coffin, but the other is empty, so they wait. When Medina returns to her coffin, they stake her. Harker returns to the castle, intent on destroying the Count, too, so that the Count can't drain the blood of the villagers. Harker needs it for himself. Harker turns into a werewolf and pounces on the Count. [Synopsis by bj_kuehl]

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