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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
Veronica Carlson ...
Daphne
Don Henderson ...
The Ghoul
Ian McCulloch ...
Geoffrey
Stewart Bevan ...
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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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Trivia

Boris Karloff was announced for a version in the mid- 60's. 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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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Creepy and Suspenseful
14 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off this is NOT a remake of the 1933 film "The Ghoul" starring Boris Karloff - this is a completely different movie all together - one has nothing to do with the other.

Secondly this 1975 film starring Peter Cushing "The Ghoul" is also known as "Night of the Ghoul".

Third: This film is actually a good horror film. Not only because the great Peter Cushing stars (and is outstanding in it) but John Hurt's performance in this is very convincing as well. Gwen Watford is good in this movie too. The movie is worth watching if you like horror.

Fourth: The sad trivia behind Peter Cushing's performance: There is a photo in the film which is/was Cushing's wife Veronica Carlson who died in 1971 - so Cushing's emotions were real at this point and not an acting job. It is said that this also effected the emotions of others on the set.

8.5/10


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