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Curse of the Dead (1974)
"House of the Living Dead" (original title)

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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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Cast overview:
Mark Burns ...
Sir Michael Brattling / Dr. Breckinridge Brattling
Shirley Anne Field ...
Mary Anne Carew
David Oxley ...
Dr. Collinson
Margaret Inglis ...
Lady Brattling
Dia Sydow ...
Lynn Maree ...
Annie (as Lynne Maree)
Bill Flynn ...
William Baird Clark ...
Capt. Turner
Ronald France ...
Col. Pringle
Don Furnival ...
Pieter Geldenhuys ...
Shoemaker (as Peter Geldenhuys)
Ben Dekker ...
Limpie Basson ...
Hugo de Groot
Amina Gool ...
Aia Kat


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 »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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12 August 1974 (South Africa)  »

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Some Potential
20 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You know, this had some potential. The plot is out of that Baskerville, Pyncheon mode, where a family has had a history of horrible personages who have died unnatural deaths. There seems to be an almost satanic element at work. In the old days they would have felt that there was a curse because of some ancestor's evil actions. A man who is "cursed" and has an evil brother, brings his young fiancée to his home. His mother tries to drive her away because she wants to see the lineage end. The brother is apparently deformed and mad and stares from the window upstairs. This sound like a lot of fun. The down side is a rambling, endless story that goes on and on. There are a number of chases that contribute little to the events. The young woman is continuously roaming the mansion and it takes two or three minutes to get to a destination. The upside is that there is lots of suspense and some excellent surprises (not that it hasn't been done before). See this. It's OK.

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