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Curse of the Undead (1959)

Unrated | | Horror, Western | May 1959 (USA)
B-grade western with a twist: mysterious gunslinger-for-hire Drake Robey is really a vampire, and it's up to Preacher Dan to save the town and girlfriend Dolores Carter.

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Edward Dein
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eric Fleming ... Preacher Dan Young
Michael Pate ... Drake Robey / Don Drago Robles
Kathleen Crowley ... Dolores Carter
John Hoyt ... Dr. John Carter
Bruce Gordon ... Buffer
Edward Binns ... Sheriff
Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy ... Tim Carter
Helen Kleeb ... Dora
Jay Adler ... Bartender - Jake
Eddie Parker ... Henchman (as Edwin Parker)
John Truax John Truax ... Henchman
Frankie Van Frankie Van ... Henchman
Rush Williams ... Henchman
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Storyline

The cinema's first vampire Western! Young women in a small Western town are dying one by one of an unknown malady involving massive blood loss. The Carter family's ranch is being terrorized by ruthless land baron Buffer. And a mysterious black-clad gunfighter with an aversion to sunlight has just arrived in town. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The Mystery Drama of the Old West! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Western

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of the West See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dr. John Carter: You know I can't figure it, I didn't think Dora would last the night.
Preacher Dan Young: I'd like to think my prayers helped some.
Dr. John Carter: Well I know for sure it wasn't my medicine, Fuller girl died an hour ago. I poured over every medical book I could get my hands on, I can't find a thing about an epidemic effecting only young girls. If I were supersticous I'd say it was more like a curse. Well, at the expense of my medical pride, I have to admit it was your medicine that did the trick, her pulse is normal, she's ...
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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Curse of the Undead (1959) (1981) See more »

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Classy little chiller
19 January 1999 | by angelynxSee all my reviews

I've always liked this movie: it takes a theme that could easily have been preposterous (a vampire Western?) and handles it with restraint, dignity, a nice feel for its two respective folklores, and deep, handsome B&W photography. It's an easy step from natural to supernatural for that classic Western icon, the mysterious, black-clad gunslinger who rides into town by night, and the rest of the movie is just as comfortable a blend. The laconic vampire, Drake Robey ("The dead don't bother me, ma'am, it's the living that give me trouble") is a noble monster who first preys on, then falls for the feisty rancher heroine, and there's a neat iconic scene involving a bullet mounted with Preacher Dan's precious fragment of the True Cross. Really a classy little movie and most unfairly overlooked - I can't believe this is the first comment on it!


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