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Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

R  |   |  Horror  |  15 April 1970 (USA)
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When his brother disappears, Robert Manning pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. While his host is outwardly welcoming - and his niece more demonstrably so - ... See full summary »

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Professor Marsh
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Morley
Mark Eden ...
Robert Manning
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Lavinia
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Elder
Virginia Wetherell ...
Eve
Rosemarie Reede ...
Esther
Derek Tansley ...
Judge
Michael Warren ...
Chauffeur
Ron Pember ...
Petrol Attendant
Denys Peek ...
Peter Manning
Nicholas Head ...
Blacksmith
Nita Lorraine ...
Woman with whip
Carol Anne ...
1st Virgin
Jenny Shaw ...
2nd Virgin
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When his brother disappears, Robert Manning pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. While his host is outwardly welcoming - and his niece more demonstrably so - Manning detects a feeling of menace in the air with the legend of Lavinia Morley, Black Witch of Greymarsh, hanging over everything. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Terror fills the night as she stalks her prey! (theatrical poster) See more »

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Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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The house used in the film is Grim's Dyke House (now a hotel) in Harrow Weald, Middlesex. The house was formerly the home of William S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. See more »

Goofs

After the firemen turn on the water valves on the fire engine they take the ladder on wheels to the house. However when they cross over the hose pipes you can see that they lie flat on the ground so clearly no water is running through them. See more »

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Eve Morley: It's like a house from one of those old horror films.
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Under-rated horror outing for three old masters
15 January 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff and Barbara Steele all in one horror flick. How can any fan of British horror from the 1960s fail to be enticed by such a top line-up?

As it happens, Curse of the Crimson Altar is actually an OK film. It was critically mauled and failed to impress at the box office, but it has some enjoyable moments if you're prepared to forgive its rather dated feel. The story is unoriginal and bland, with a young antiques dealer visiting a spooky looking house in search of his missing brother, only to uncover a witchcraft cult. But there are still plenty of moments to savour, such as some deliciously over-the-top sacrificial rituals, plus expertly acted scenes between Karloff and Lee.

The lead character played by Mark Eden (eagle-eyed viewers may remember him as nasty Alan Bradley in the British soap Coronation Street) is a crashing bore, and is nowhere near as handsome as he clearly thinks he is. However, some of the more bizarre characters in this film are really well delineated and make the film worth watching at least once.


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