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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Kelton
Susannah Whately Kelton / Sarah
Aunt Agatha
Judith Arthy ...
Rick Jones ...
Luther Whately
Ann Bell ...
Mary Whately, Susannah's Mother
William Devlin ...
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Barge Master
Celia Hewitt ...
Aunt Sarah
Robert Cawdron ...
John Whately, Susannah's Father
Murray Evans ...
Gang Member
Cliff Diggins ...
Gang Member (as Clifford Diggins)
Peter Porteous ...
Gang Member


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5 December 1967 (West Germany)  »

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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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14 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As stated by several other folks here, I watched this movie with my twin sister when I was about 10 years old on the local station horror movie hour and was terrified by it. I remember it even now, how eerie the whole atmosphere of the movie was and the feeling of Carol Lynley's character being watched by some unseen but evil being, it really scared me as a child and I would love to watch it now to see if it would have the same impact. Probably not, but if you ever get the chance to see this film, I would encourage you to do so. Kind of weird too, Gig Young, who played the husband, went on to murder his wife in real life and then kill himself. Pretty weird.

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