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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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Come face to face with naked fear on the altar of evil! See more »

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Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Trivia

German Import DVD has two Super-8mm Versions (English language), as a special feature on the disc. 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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7 June 1999 | by (Boston, Mass.) – See all my reviews

An underrated slice of late Sixties horror/psychedelia. It was filmed in 1968 and reminded me somewhat of The Dunwich Horror which was made around the same time and similarly attempted to update Lovecraft with setpieces inspired by the drug culture and the Summer of Love. The difference with the Crimson Cult is that it was filmed in England with a stellar cast who can actually act, unlike poor fish-out-of-water Miss Sandra Dee in Dunwich. It is a treat to see Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee trading pleasantries in their scenes. Michael Gough extracts the maximum from his small role as a pitifully unhinged factotum. Barbara Steele exudes a grandly Gothic malevolence in her scenes as Lavinia. She is probably the single most memorable presence in the film and whatever power it possesses is largely thanks to her. (Great costume, too!) The dungeon sequences are probably the best though my favorite moment in the film occurs when the innocent young man asks Karloff's sinister professor "What do you collect?" and with a friendly grin Karloff replies, "Instruments of torture!" Marvelous moment.

This movie is ridiculously difficult to find. After years of searching I located a bootlegged videotape which is in terrible condition--grainy and the colors which should be vividly over-the-top are quite washed out. Also the print lacks the original score which was quite nifty as I recall from seeing it on American television in the early 70s. There is supposed to be a laser disc version from the early 90s. It would be great if a patron who owns this would do a review of that.


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