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The Body Beneath (1970)

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A family of vampires takes over an estate known as Carfax Abbey. Since inbreeding is destroying the family line, they need new blood to keep the family going, so they set out to find new sources.

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Gavin Reed ...
Rev. Alexander Algernon Ford
Jackie Skarvellis ...
Susan Ford
Berwick Kaler ...
Spool
Susan Heard ...
Alica Ford
Richmond Ross ...
Paul Donati
Emma Jones ...
Candace Ford
Colin Gordon ...
Graham Ford
Judith Heard ...
Elizabeth
Felicity Sentance ...
Jessie
Susan Clark ...
Anna Ford
Victor Parish ...
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Reverend Alexander Algernon Ford returns to England to reopen the Old Souls Church near Carfax Abbey. But, Reverend Ford turns out to be a vampire disguising himself as a minister. With the help of three green faced ghouls and a hunchback assistant, named Spool, Reverned Ford begins to make some plans for the descendants of the Ford family. Reverend Ford gives the vampire bite to his granddaughter Anna Ford and he makes Anna drug her husband Graham Ford so the green faced ghouls can suck his blood. Reverend Ford's cousin, Susan, is taken captive used as a breeder for vampire babies, while his quiet wife, Candace, is used as a private blood bank. Trouble starts when Susan's boyfriend Paul tries to set her free which leads to more complicated matters for Reverend Ford. Written by Anonymous

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Sexually Rampant Ghouls, Depraved Souls... And Blood-Red Roses! See more »

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29 September 1970 (USA)  »

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a good Andy Milligan film
26 August 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

One of The better Milligan films that actually sort of works if you give it a a few allowances. One of Milligans English films, this movie actually is a good...okay...just...story of a vampires and such trying to get new blood into their family. (that maybe giving too much away, or not since the movie doesn't wholly make sense.) Technically competent which only has to survive the need to keep all of the actors in close huddle and some make up that would be too thick even on stage, this is a decent drama/thriller thats actually one of the few Milligan movies I can recommend on any level. Sure it dances the fine line around being a bad movie (and crosses over into that territory a few times) but its the sort of time killer you may actually watch to the end. Both better and worse than I'm making out this maybe the Milligan movie to start with if you have a yen so long as you understand what you're getting yourself into.


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