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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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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 ...
Lina
Lynne Maree ...
Annie
Bill Flynn ...
Simeon
William Baird Clark ...
Capt. Turner
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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Think Hammer, not zombies. But hey, that's marketing.
19 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It starts out really good, with a lot of elements and characters laid out to build suspense and great atmosphere, but by halfway through it narrows itself down to characters seriously wondering if an escaped stallion is behind the murders. Yes, a horse. And it tries to achieve a feel of all Hell breaking loose at the end with some psychedelic lights and crazy acting which both miss the mark. Worth seeing once, but I consider it to be to period-piece Hammer horror films what Space Mutiny was to Star Wars.

Oh, and in a dinner scene about halfway through, our heroine wears an outfit that somehow achieves an insupportable cleavage-to-breast ratio. Science geeks may want to study this scene just to see if they can figure out what laws of physics her corset's breaking. Really. Seriously.

Recently bought this in the Nightmare Worlds DVD 50-pack. Not sure if it's gotten its own release.


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