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Curse of the Dead (1974)

House of the Living Dead (original title)
On a South African plantation, a maniac is on the loose, first killing the estate's animals, then starting on the human members.

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Mark Burns ...
Sir Michael Brattling / Dr. Breckinridge Brattling
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Mary Anne Carew
David Oxley ...
Dr. Collinson
Margaret Inglis ...
Lady Brattling
Dia Sydow ...
Lena
Lynne Maree ...
Annie
Bill Flynn ...
Simeon
Nobby Clark ...
Capt. Turner (as William Baird Clark)
Ronald France ...
Col. Pringle
Don Furnival ...
Brand
Pieter Geldenhuys ...
Shoemaker (as Peter Geldenhuys)
Ben Dekker ...
Jan
Limpie Basson ...
Hugo de Groot
Amina Gool ...
Aia Kat
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A mad scientist (Mark Burns) is conducting hideous occult experiments at the family estate of Brattling Manor, monkeying about with things man was not meant to know, including the transfer and containment of living souls. It's only a matter of time before he begins to experiment on the souls of human beings - including his own family. Written by Ørnås

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The once-human horror waits in the attic...for you to open the door! See more »

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12 August 1974 (South Africa)  »

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Curse of the Dead  »

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Was shot under the title "Shadows over Bridge Place", but later released as "House of the Living Dead" and "Curse of the Dead" to cash in on the then-popular zombie movies, even though there are no zombies in the movie whatsoever. See more »

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A decent way to pass the time, some late evening, if you enjoy B-movies!
13 April 2016 | by (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Right off the bat, I previously had no idea that South Africa made any horror films, so, simply in that, I learned something.

Over a long career (1968-99), this was one of only three cinematic works that director Austin made (all in the early 70's)--usually he did TV work--and in fact, production value-wise, it seemed like made-for-TV fare. Basically a vineyard/plantation with black, witchcraft-practicing slaves, and the owner harbouring a dark secret: A genius twin brother, who was discredited in the medical community to begin with, and then, since an almost-fatal brain injury suffered in an accident a year ago, basically insane and confined to the mansion's attic.

It was decently made and, as late-night fare, perfectly acceptable. It could have been made a lot better in more capable hands. The underlying ideas were very interesting, though only decently carried out, and the climax was completely predictable, though no less enjoyable. I got my copy very cheaply, in Mill Creek's 50-pack 'Nightmare Worlds', and it's watchable, no better, no less.


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