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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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His body is an empty shell that hides a lustful fiend! See more »

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Horror | Western

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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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Shot in 18 days. See more »

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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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Better vampire lore than many movies
22 October 2013 | by mrapol-815-799116See all my reviews

People have mentioned what they see as mistakes or oddities in the vampire lore of this film. In fact, the whole concept of sunlight destroying vampires was created in Hollywood and is not mirrored (no pun intended) by traditional vampire lore. I believe the idea of sunlight- kills-vampire dates from Murnau's 1922 "Nosferatu," further amplified by such films as the 1943 "The Return of the Vampire." Production codes did not allow the gory spectacle of a stake being pounded into someone's heart, or beheading, so the "clean" method of death by sunlight was invented. There's a certain magical logic to the notion, but it's not a traditional method. Remember, in Stoker's novel Count Dracula goes about London by daylight with no ill effects.

Eric Fleming's cross pin (which destroys the vampire when delivered by a .45 slug) is not from the "true cross," but as he says in the film, from a thorn tree growing in the Holy Land. In any case, it's a consecrated object.

In many cultures, suicides were in danger of coming back as vampires or revenants. That's why many suicides were buried at crossroads; upon emerging from the ground the lost soul would dither about what direction to go and not get around to doing damage to the living.


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