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A series of horrific murders is traced to a creature that inhabits a very strange house.

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Mike Kelton
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Susannah Whately Kelton / Sarah
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Ethan
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Aunt Agatha
Judith Arthy ...
Emma
Rick Jones ...
Luther Whately
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Mary Whately, Susannah's Mother
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Charles Lloyd Pack ...
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Tait
Celia Hewitt ...
Robert Cawdron ...
John Whately, Susannah's Father
Murray Evans ...
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Cliff Diggins ...
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In a small island off the American coast, the Whateleys live in an old mill where a mysterious bloody being creates an atmosphere of horror. After her parents get killed by lightning, young Susannah is sent to New York by her aunt Agatha, who wants her to avoid the family curse. Years later Susannah, now married, persuades her husband to spend a holiday in the abandoned mill. Once on the island, Susannah and Mike soon find themselves exposed to the hostility of a gang of thugs led by Ethan, Susannah's brutal cousin... Written by Guy Bellinger

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The burning of the old mill at the end of the film was done for real. The mill was an ancient landmark in the area which the film company purchased specifically for the purpose of destroying it by fire. Although the mill had long fallen into disuse, local people strongly protested this action, as did journalists, but to no avail. See more »

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Throughout the movie the two rear windows of the Thunderbird are alternately up or down. This happens often in the same scene. It is first noticeable as they back off the ferry. As they back up, the passenger side rear window is up and the driver's is down. But as they as turning around upon leaving the ferry, the driver's side rear window is up and the passenger's is down. This becomes very noticeable throughout the film. See more »

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Good Late Night Fare For Those Who Like Lingering Dread
6 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I mirror the comments of the plethora of those before me. Saw this as a 9-year-old on the telly and it stayed with me for a long time. The suffocatingly Gothic overtones, lovingly twisted POV camera-work, evocative jazz score and wonderfully creepy, dilapidated locations still spiral through my brain from time to time. Perhaps most memorable are Oliver Reed's warped, leering eyes staring at a helpless Carol Lynley through the dollhouse window, which has to be one of the more simultaneously terrifying and arty shots from any horror movie of the past 30 years.

This is a flick where the sum of the parts may not quite match the individual moments, but what a bunch of moments they are. The extended cat and mouse stalking of Lynley, the bizarre and frightening secret in the basement, Gig Young and Oliver Reed's spot-on hammy genre acting, the moody cinematography; it all adds up to a movie any fan of Gothic or horror will definitely want to check out. Surprisingly tense and graphic given the era; easily one of the more suggestively violent movies I ever saw on local channels during daylight hours in the 1970s, and considerably more graphic than PSYCHO but clearly owing a debt to it. Quintessential movie for Oliver Reed and Carol Lynley fans; among their best, most interesting work on celluloid.


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