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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 ...
Girl
David Pugh ...
Porter
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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Ghost Story for Christmas: A Warning to the Curious  »

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The Curious get rewarded
3 April 2007 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

This is really a hidden gem in the spooky department, a real pearl of a ghost story.

I did not expect too much when i came across this while searching for good old ghost stories, all the more surprised i was how good this little chiller is.

The dark setting, the sinister atmosphere and the desolate landscapes give the perfect not-of-this-world feeling, something that reminded me of the old Japanese ghost movies. This was really done by people who know their craft, especially the ghost scenes are very effective and eerie.

Now this is what i call a piece of fine arts. God save the British Horror!


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