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The Body Beneath (1970)

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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Cast overview:
Gavin Reed ...
Rev. Alexander Algernon Ford
Jackie Skarvellis ...
Susan Ford
Berwick Kaler ...
Spool
Susan Heard ...
Alicia 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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29 September 1970 (USA)  »

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$20,000 (estimated)
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Rev. Alexander Algernon Ford: And then there is the question of the police. You all know only too well how close we have come to being discovered by the police for what we are. You all know how difficult it is to move about London after 11.30pm. London is a police state after midnight. Anyone can be stopped and asked where they are going at any time of the morning. We can no longer exist under these limitations.
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More utter crap from Andy Milligan
16 January 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Andy Milligan has firmly established himself in my mind as probably the worst horror director of all time. Despite making decent sexploitation flick 'Seeds' in 1968, Milligan has succeeded only in boring me to death with the rest of his crappy oeuvre since then, and this film is certainly no exception. I really don't understand this director at all; it seems like he's trying to make some sort of point as his films all have a similar style, but somehow nothing comes out of them but boredom. Take the plot pace of this film as an example; it's painfully slow and the dialogues are delivered by actors who sound like they're close to death. Quite how Milligan made this film and didn't realise how dull it was is anyone's guess...my only thought on the matter is that perhaps it was the director's intention to torture his audience? The plot supposedly revolves around vampires but for all I care they could have been clowns, postmen, FBI agents or French maids...it doesn't really matter. No film made with as little enthusiasm as this is ever going to be interesting, and after seeing five Milligan films; I doubt I'll be seeing another.


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