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Inn of the Damned -- On a long, dust-covered road in the middle of nowhere, there is an old family-style inn where you are always welcomed warmly. The fire is always blazing, the food is always delicious...


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13 November 1975 (Australia) See more »
Murder... Mystery... Madness...
A sheriff investigates why the guests at a local hostelry check in, but never check out. | Add synopsis »
Inn Of The Damned (DVD Review)
 (From Fangoria. 17 December 2009, 1:08 AM, PST)

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  (in credits order)

Judith Anderson ... Caroline Straulle

Alex Cord ... Cal Kincaid
Michael Craig ... Paul Melford
Joseph Fürst ... Lazar Straulle

Tony Bonner ... Trooper Moore

John Meillon ... George Parr
John Morris ... Martin Cummings
Robert Quilter ... Biscayne
Diana Dangerfield ... Mrs. Millington
Carla Hoogeveen ... Beverley
Don Barkham ... Sgt Malone
John Nash ... The Colonel

Phillip Avalon ... Alfred
Lionel Long ... Search Horseman
Gordon Glenwright ... Squire Grimstead
Nat Levison ... Undertaker
Louis Wishart ... Arnold
Reg Gorman ... Coach Driver
George Pollack ... Mad Mick Marriott
Linda Broan ... Peaches
Anna King ... Coach Passenger
Hilary Bamberger ... Mrs. Bennett
Graham Ware ... Coachdriver
Graham Corry ... Andrew Millington
Jack Allan ... Villager
Josie Mackay ... Villager
Colin Drake ... Villager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terry Bourke Jr. ... Hans Straulle

Geoffrey Burton ... Urchin Boy
Melissa Chappell ... Heidi Straulle
Dave Proudman ... Harry

Directed by
Terry Bourke 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terry Bourke  written by

Produced by
Terry Bourke .... producer
Rod Hay .... producer
Original Music by
Bob Young 
Cinematography by
Brian Probyn 
Film Editing by
Rod Hay 
Production Design by
Gary Hansen 
Costume Design by
Joan Grimmond 
Production Management
Patrick Clayton .... production manager
Rod Hay .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
Art Department
Yoram Gross .... graphic artist
Sound Department
David Cooper .... boom operator
Les Fiddess .... first assistant sound editor
Bob Hayes .... sound recordist
Phil Judd .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Kearney .... boom operator
Tim Lloyd .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Clarson .... best boy electric
Peter James .... camera operator
Richard Wallace .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Margaret Cardin .... negative cutter
Les Fiddess .... assistant editor

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Also Known As:
"Death Hunter" - Europe (English title) (video title)
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118 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Principle photography on this film began in November 1973.See more »
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Oddball Australian `horror western', 5 October 2001
Author: Filmtribute from United Kingdom

The Syme home video publicity claims this film is in the tradition of a Hitchcock suspense thriller but it is played more as a spaghetti western with the typical opening hauntingly choral musical score, and sadly Terry Bourke's direction is not in the same league. The tale revolves around the mysterious vanishing of guests from a hostel deep in the Australian rain forests of Gippsland, Victoria in 1896, run by the Straulles, an Austrian couple. Unfortunately the owners of this wayside inn are simply not as sinisterly menacing as Anthony Perkins' Norman Bates in Hitchcock's classic, `Psycho'. Originally an outstanding stage actress, Dame Judith Anderson (Caroline Straulle, who is obviously fussy about the social standing of her guests/victims, bemusingly objecting to a whore) gave a more convincing performance as the chillingly malicious housekeeper Mrs Danvers in Hitchcock's 1940 version of Daphne Du Maurier's `Rebecca', for which she was deservedly nominated an Oscar. Her co-star (Joseph Furst) prior to this, seems to have made a career out of playing caricature mad Austrians, as in the Bond movie `Diamonds Are Forever'. There is an attempt at an ominous moodiness in the guesthouse but it is hardly developed to any great level and the various murders are weakly staged, accompanied by Bob Young's strangely clonkingly unsuspenseful music, which at other times can be jauntily, and even eerily, melodic. One wonders why the victims didn't just simply get out of bed rather than screaming hysterically whilst waiting to be crushed by the slowly descending canopy? At one point the more successful mixture of western and gothic horror in `The Beguiled', with Clint Eastwood, is hinted at when its sexual tensions are mirrored with the depiction of an illicit and exploitative relationship between a stepmother (Diana Dangerfield) and her younger charge (Carla Hoogeveen; `Class of ‘74').

Why the Straulles sought revenge on their guests for the abduction of their two children a dozen years earlier by a ghoulish escaped convict, or why they believed the two pictures they kept locked in a room were really their `liebchen' is not satisfactorily explained. Nor is any reason given as to why disposing of the bodies in the well didn't contaminate the water supply and mercifully kill off the psychotic couple. The coachman, Biscayne (Robert Quilter), who brings unwitting visitors to the hostel, is wanted for murder and also happens to be a horse thief which provides the opportunity to follow a western style manhunt when he is pursued by an American bounty hunter and maverick, Cal Kincaid (Alex Cord). Real horror and terror are missing, leaving only puzzlement as to what else this could have been about, as it certainly failed me on the obvious levels. The actors have some poor lines to work with (after a botched murder attempt Lazar Straulle lamely utters `Die, die, why don't you die?') and they are challenged to do an adequate job, as we are to enjoy it, never finding our sympathies drawn for any of the characters. It maybe that the audiences of 1974 appreciated this style of film making more and its female nudity in particular, although the naked fruit feast scenes are laughable rather than erotic, but unfortunately my appetite for this morsel has been jaded by too many slicker Hollywood movies.

Although the horror may not be pronounced, Brian Probyn's cinematography captures a certain malevolence as well as promoting the diversity of the region's arresting wilderness and lush rain forests, and his work can be further seen in `Far East', John Duigan's colourful remake of `Casablanca'. John Meillon as a bumbling petty thief also gives a brief taste of his future performance as Paul Hogan's amiable sidekick, Walter Reilly in the first two `Crocodile Dundee' movies.

Whilst it is hard to recommend this feature for entertainment value alone it does have appeal for those with a curious interest in the history of Australian film making and its actors. I used the trackdown service from All About Movies for a secondhand copy of this video, although ScreenSound Australia also holds preservation material.

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