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The Ghoul (1975)

R | | Horror, Thriller | May 1975 (UK)
Peter Cushing stars as a former priest who harbors a dark and horrible secret in his attic. The locked room serves as a prison cell for his crazed, cannibalistic adult son, who acquired his... See full summary »

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Doctor Lawrence
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Tom Rawlings
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Angela
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Ayah
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Daphne
Don Henderson ...
The Ghoul
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Geoffrey
Stewart Bevan ...
Billy
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Peter Cushing stars as a former priest who harbors a dark and horrible secret in his attic. The locked room serves as a prison cell for his crazed, cannibalistic adult son, who acquired his savage tastes in India during his father's missionary work there. Cushing fears that his son will escape to prey upon the effete guests at his rural English estate during a cross-country auto race. Written by Ørnås

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Night of the Ghoul  »

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In the USA this film has been released as 'Night Of The Ghoul' and 'The Thing In The Attic'. Contrary to belief in some quarters, the film is not in the Public Domain - the rights-holder is still Tyburn Film Productions. See more »

Goofs

At c. 27 minutes we see Peter Cushing tuning his violin but he is not playing the open strings that we hear. Furthermore, later shots of his violin playing are extremely badly mimed. See more »

Quotes

Tom Rawlings: Well, it can't be Human, can it? It feeds on Human flesh!
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Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »

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British horror with a side helping of racism
11 May 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What is more scary than a ghoul? Why a foreign ghoul of course! Gad! Watch as our attractive young upper-class British protagonists get terrorized by the nasty corruptions of the orient and the working classes.

Four young flappers challenge each other to a motor-car race across the country side. Predictably one of the couples runs out of petrol and is enveloped by fog on a marsh. The young lady is frightened by a rough-working-class type and sets of on foot to the manor to find some of her "own sort" only to discover the master of the house has been lured and corrupted by the exotic ways of the Indian orient. Much ham-acting ensues, as posh young ladies get chased by characters straight out of a Tory fever-dream.

This movie starts slow and stays slow, as bit by bit the rather predictable details of the story are revealed. Unlike the original film "The Ghoul" 1933, this film has no excellent character acting to save it from being yawn-fest.


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