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The Ghastly Ones (1968)

Not Rated | | Horror | 6 September 1968 (USA)
Three married couples are forced to spend the night in a Victorian-era house where they start getting killed off by a deranged psycho who's bent on claiming an inheritence they are all entitled to.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Veronica Radburn ...
Martha
Maggie Rogers ...
Hattie
Hal Borske ...
Colin Trask
Anne Linden ...
Vicky
Fib LaBlaque ...
Rich (as Fib La Blaque)
Carol Vogel ...
Liz
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Don (as Richard Romanos)
Eileen Hayes ...
Veronica (as Eileen Haves)
Don Williams ...
Bill
Hal Sherwood ...
Pastor Walter
Neil Flanagan ...
Lawyer Dobbs (as Niel Flanagan)
Ada McAllister ...
Ada
Robert Adsit ...
Robert
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A gruesome tale of revenge and bloodshed, from the Shock King of Staten Island, cult director, Andy Milligan. This super-cheap horror film story is set in an eerie Victorian mansion where a family has gathered for a will-reading. Three couples must spend the night there to inherit a fortune according to the will. Then they start dying one by one, as people are impaled with pitchforks, decapitated, dismembered, and have their throats hacked open with knives. There is a lot of disgusting gore including a scene where a hunchbacked cretin eats live rabbits. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Mad creatures of the night existing only for sensual sadistic moments of human slaughter! See more »

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6 September 1968 (USA)  »

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$13,000 (estimated)
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Horror author Stephen King claims in his book "Danse Macabre" that this film is "the work of morons with cameras". See more »

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Director Andy Milligan's voice can be heard saying "cutting away, move" during one of the murder scenes. See more »

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Ghastly, just ghastly.
11 August 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

"The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare." This review has to start off with that quote because this movie proves the simpler "roomful of monkeys theorem" that states: a roomful of monkeys, if given the equipment, can make a dire horror movie. The proof is here.

Andy Milligan, who also co-wrote, directs this tale of three sisters and their spouses spending a few nights at the old family homestead before collecting their inheritance. A few grisly murders cause some upset as a family secret finally sees the light of day.

Carol Vogel, who plays Liz, is quite pretty and one of the male leads looks amusingly like Steve Martin with black hair and that's about all I can say about the cast that isn't derogatory. The acting is terrible, unhelped by poor scripting and completely unbelievable reactions to a situation getting worse and worse for all involved.

There is some insane gore here and there but it's so unrealistic and over the top that it's hard to see just what was SO shocking about this dire movie to get it listed as a "video nasty" here in the UK (the only reason that I ended up seeking it out, all these years later). There's also some gratuitous nudity but it's shot so badly that I just wanted everyone to keep their clothes ON and stop putting me off my snacks.

Direction? Lighting? Camera-work? You must be joking. These elements, or lack thereof, give credence to my "roomful of monkeys" theorem so be well warned. Everything is shot so badly that you end up being glad that all other aspects of the movie are so poor, that way you're not missing out on anything.

Almost a complete waste of film saved by the few moments of crazy gruesomeness and a short enough running time (although it still drags in places).


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