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Lawrence Huntington (screenplay)
Christopher Wicking (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
11 June 1969 (USA) See more »
For the first time... the classic tale of the restless dead and their unspeakable hungers! See more »
Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Sir Edward occasionally escapes and causes havoc around the town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Would have been a more effective movie if they did a better job on the brother's makeup. See more (41 total) »


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Vincent Price ... Julian

Christopher Lee ... Dr. Newhartt
Rupert Davies ... Kemp

Uta Levka ... Heidi
Sally Geeson ... Sally
Alister Williamson ... Edward
Peter Arne ... Trench
Hilary Heath ... Elizabeth (as Hilary Dwyer)
Maxwell Shaw ... Hackett
Carl Rigg ... Norton

Harry Baird ... N'Galo
Godfrey James ... Weller
James Mellor ... Holt

John Barrie ... Franklin

Ivor Dean ... Hawthorne
Danny Daniels ... Witchdoctor
Michael Balfour ... Ruddock
Hira Talfrey ... Martha
John Wentworth ... Parson
Betty Woolfe ... Mrs. Hopkins
Martin Terry ... Sailor
Anne Clune ... Prostitute
Jackie Noble ... Prostitute
Ann Barrass ... Prostitute (as Ann Barass)
Jan Rossini ... Prostitute
Zeph Gladstone ... Trench's Girl
Tara Fernando ... Gypsy Dancer
Tony Thawnton ... Man in Tavern
Anthony Bailey ... Talbot
Richard Cornish ... Groom

Colin Jeavons ... Doctor
Andreas Malandrinos ... Baron (as Andreas Melandrinos)
Hedger Wallace ... Major
Martin Wyldeck ... Constable
Oh! Ogunde Dancers ... Africans
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barbara Kellerman ... Dr. Newhartt's Patient
Sean Barry-Weske ... Molester in Tavern (uncredited)
Harold Coyne ... Barman (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Sir Julian (uncredited)
Eddie Powell ... Fighting Man in Tavern (uncredited)

Nick Tate ... Young Man in Tavern (uncredited)
Reg Thomason ... Drunk (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Hessler 
Writing credits
Lawrence Huntington (screenplay)

Christopher Wicking (additional dialogue)

Edgar Allan Poe  story (uncredited)
Michael Reeves  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Pat Green .... associate producer
Gordon Hessler .... producer
Louis M. Heyward .... executive producer
Original Music by
Harry Robertson  (as Harry Robinson)
Cinematography by
John Coquillon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Max Benedict 
Art Direction by
George Provis 
Makeup Department
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
Bobbie Smith .... hairdresser
Production Management
Bryan Coates .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Whitehurst .... first assistant director
Graham Fowler .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Lack .... assistant art director
Terence Morgan .... set dresser
W. Simpson Robinson .... scenic artist (as W. Simpson-Robinson)
Michael Guyett .... trainee scenic painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator
Bob Jones .... sound mixer
Bob Peck .... sound recordist
Michael P. Redbourn .... sound editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Tony Dawe .... adr & foley mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Les Young .... camera operator
Nobby Cross .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kay Gilbert .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Oliver Waterlow .... assistant editor
Music Department
Philip Martell .... conductor
Other crew
Peter Howitt .... titler
Barbara Rowland .... continuity

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Rated R for some violence and sexual content (re-rating)
96 min | 91 min (UK version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Australia:RC (1972) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Norway:18 (1972) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:M (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

The 1,000 guineas offered for a body to display to the public would be the equivalent of $8,077 at the time, or about $121,000 in 2015.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Sir Edward murders Heidi the prostitute, the special effects knife clearly sprays blood onto the actresses' neck well before it actually touches her.See more »
Dr Neuhart:I might find myself buying your pretty little body one day for a guinea or two.See more »
Movie Connections:
Tales from the Vienna WoodsSee more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Would have been a more effective movie if they did a better job on the brother's makeup., 22 March 2004
Author: Aaron1375

This movie was rather good, but it had a major flaw. Throughout the movie they hide one character's face. You know he is disfigured and considering how the people act when they see it you know it must be bad. I was expecting something like I saw in the movie "The Projected Man" (bad movie, but they did a good job with the face). Then finally when you see the face at the end, I wasn't all that impressed. The guy was not all that disfigured. However, I did enjoy how the movie played out as Vincent Price was good as was Christopher Lee. Though I find the opening credits funny when they say Lee is the guest star. How do you have a guest star in a movie? You are never quite sure where the movie is going at times and there are some twists and turns. In the end I had very little pity for the messed up brother, rather I felt sorry for Price's character that had done something wrong, but he had regret over it. The murders could have been done a bit better as they usually involved throats being slit and this did not look to good. For the most part it looked liked the killer was wiping blood on the people's neck. There is a rather interesting scene involving a brothel. Lots of cleavage and even a bare breast or two if you like that sort of thing. Overall I enjoyed it.

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