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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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Young Man
Dan Meaden ...
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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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May 1975 (UK)  »

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Night of the Ghoul  »

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(2002 DVD release)

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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

[after Dr. Lawrence mentions his wife's suicide]
Daphne Welles Hunter: I'm sorry, I shouldn't be so inquisitive. It must be very painful for you to talk about it.
Dr. Lawrence: The pain is there, whether I talk about it or not.
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The best Ghoul ever
12 January 2000 | by (Toulouse, France) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing THE GHOUL when I was younger. Back then I found this film pretty awful. But what I had seen was a French-dubbed video version, with many scenes missing. I recently saw it in its original edit, and, gosh, THE GHOUL is a gorgeous film, maybe the best from director Freddie Francis. Cushing is simply magnificent (he usually is, anyway), the storyline is well drawn, there's mystery, suspense and an early role for the great John Hurt (ELEPHANT MAN). Solid direction keeps it all together, and what you get is a fine piece of pure British horror.


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