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A Warning to the Curious (1972)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  24 December 1972 (UK)
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An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion.

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Julian Herrington ...
Archaeologist
John Kearney ...
Ager / Ghost
David Cargill ...
Boots
George Benson ...
Vicar
Roger Milner ...
Antique Shop Owner (as Roger Millner)
Gilly Fraser ...
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David Pugh ...
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Cyril Appleton ...
Labourer
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An amateur archaeologist, Mr Paxton (Peter Vaughan), travels to the coastal Norfolk town of Seaburgh. His research has uncovered an old Anglo-Saxon legend telling of three fabled crowns that protect England from invasion. One is said to have been lost in a war, a second lost to the sea - but the third is thought to be hidden somewhere near Seaburgh. Paxton checks into a local inn where, despite the suspicions of the locals, he hears that another archaeologist searching for the crown was found dead more than a decade ago. His inquiries lead him to the grave of a local man, William Ager who was said to be the last of his line and a guardian of the crown. Paxton goes to search the woods near Ager's former home but his excavations will unearth something more than the fabled crown. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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Frightened? You will be.
17 November 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Quite simply one of the most amazingly creepy and genuinely hackle-raising supernatural horror films ever made. Not particularly faithful to the original MR James short story but a blinding adaptation nonetheless! Contains a number of very good scares and on the whole avoids going for the obvious. Its one of the few films whose impact doesnt lessen with each viewing. I guarantee that this film will cause at least one sleepless night!


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