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Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

R | | Horror | 15 April 1970 (USA)
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 ...
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Jenny Shaw ...
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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 {J-26}

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The high priestess of evil...A monstrous fiend with an overpowering lust for blood... (theatrical poster) See more »

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Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Curse of the Crimson Altar  »

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Boris Karloff became ill with pneumonia while shooting this project in the freezing rain. It was his last British feature. Filming began on January 22, 1968. Karloff had just finished Targets (1968) and would recover enough to shoot four Mexican features in May 1968, his final screen work. See more »

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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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Robert Manning: It's like Boris Karloff is going to pop up at any moment.
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Featured in Movie Macabre: The Crimson Cult (1982) See more »

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Surprisingly Dull For The Amazing Cast
18 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Manning (Mark Eden) searches for his vanished brother in a rural English village, where he is entangled in the legend of Lavinia (Barbara Steele), a witch killed 300 years ago. Lavinia's heir, J. D. Morley (Christopher Lee), wants revenge on anyone related to her killers, such as Robert. Robert romances Morley's niece, Eve, and is aided by occult expert Prof. Marsh (Boris Karloff), but it is up to him to repel Morley's evil designs.

Boris Karloff became ill with pneumonia while shooting this project in the freezing rain. It was his last British feature, begun January 22 1968, and he would recover enough to shoot four Mexican features in May 1968, his final screen work. Barbara Steele is always a treat, and she is especially interesting with green skin and a large, feathery hat (if you can call that a hat).

Loosely based off of H. P. Lovecraft's "Dreams in the Witch House", how does it stack up to the Stuart Gordon version forty years later? Honestly, you cannot even compare them. If there is a connection, it is very limited. There is a witch, there are dreams, but the two films are worlds apart.

Howard Maxford calls the film "dated and somewhat slow", having "a better cast than it deserves". How a film that runs only 87 minutes can be slow is a legitimate question. Ivan Butler also feels the film falls short, saying the "promise of a combination of Lee, Karloff and Barbara Steele is not fulfilled". These are fair assessments.

I recommend the film for the cast and the awesome organ track that opens the film. Beyond that, it is hit and miss and you could skip it.


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