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Curse of the Undead (1959)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 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.


Edward Dein




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


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 HOSTS A LUSTFUL FIEND! (original half-sheet poster-all caps) See more »


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This was the last script by writer Mildred Dein, wife of director/writer Edward Dein. See more »


During the flashback, it is 1860, but tombs in the crypt have later dates. 1879 can be seen on one, as well as other wrong dates. See more »


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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Imaginative Horror-Western
22 September 2000 | by twanuritSee all my reviews

A black-clad, gaunt stranger (Michael Pate) arrives in town, becomes a farmhand for a pretty rancher (Kathleen Crowley), eventually turns out to be the vampire terrorizing the countryside. This really is a clever, moody piece, another well-done 1950s Universal-International terror film, featuring good performances, creepy music, and an astonishing climax.

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Release Date:

May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of the West See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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