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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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Angela
Gwen Watford ...
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

[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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Referenced in House of the Long Shadows (1983) See more »

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Creepy British horror flick with great central performance of Peter Cushing.
13 January 2009 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

England during the 1920s.At a party, two bored men challenge each other to a car race to Land's End.But one of the cars breaks down.Daphne Wells-Hunter walks to the nearby country estate to find help and meets Dr Lawrence,a former missionary to India,who lives in seclusion there. But then she is killed by the bald,cadaverous man that Lawrence keeps locked in an upstairs room and her companion is pushed over the cliff in the car.Their friends come looking for them and refuse to believe Lawrence's explanation that it was an accident.Interesting British production from Tyburn Films,founded by Kevin Francis.Not much is ever explained about cannibalistic ghoul hidden on the attic.The atmosphere of strangeness amid the mist-flowing moors is certainly well evoked and Peter Cushing gives a memorable performance as always.I have seen this film for the first time as a kid and it really creeped me out.8 out of 10.


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