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The Crimson Cult (1968)

Curse of the Crimson Altar (original title)
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 John Marsh
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Elder
Virginia Wetherell ...
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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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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Come face to face with naked fear on the altar of evil! See more »

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The Crimson Cult  »

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In its U.S. laser disc edition from the 1990s, the music track of the film was totally modified in favor of a more modern tone score. See more »

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Boom mic visible at 1:03:10, during conversation in police station. 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 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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