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The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964)

Approved | | Horror | 3 January 1968 (Argentina)
Relatives gather in an old house for the reading of a will, but the "dead" man comes back to life and starts killing.

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Del Tenney

Writer:

Del Tenney
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Cast overview:
Roy Scheider ... Philip Sinclair (as Roy R. Scheider)
Helen Waren Helen Waren ... Abigail Sinclair
Robert Milli Robert Milli ... Bruce Sinclair
Margot Hartman ... Vivian Sinclair
Hugh Franklin Hugh Franklin ... James Benson
Linda Donovan ... Letty Crews
Dino Narizzano Dino Narizzano ... Robert Harrington
Candace Hilligoss ... Deborah Benson
J. Frank Lucas J. Frank Lucas ... Seth Lucas
George Cotton George Cotton ... Constable Winters
Jane Bruce Jane Bruce ... The Cook
Paul Haney Paul Haney ... Chief Constable Barnes
William Blood William Blood ... Minister (as Williiam B. Blood)
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Storyline

Rufus Sinclair was a cranky old millionaire with a terrible fear of being buried alive. After his apparent death, clauses in his will meant to prevent his being buried alive are violated by his uncaring family, and soon a masked figure begins prowling the family's Connecticut estate, slaughtering the family members one by one in a variety of separate, horrible ways. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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From Out of the Grave Stalks the Creature That Undrapes the Passions of the Living! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film premiered at a drive-in movie theater in Texas. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, the caretaker named Seth was stabbed in the throat and put into a coffin. However, when the coffin is opened, there is the face of a different actor with the throat wound. Apparently, the actor portraying Seth refused to lie in a coffin. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Sinclair: [to Vivian, after she uncovers a severed head on a breakfast platter] Would you prefer a different menu?
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Corpse apparently raises a ruckus...actors look embarrassed
6 June 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Roy Scheider (billed with the middle initial R.) and Candace Hilligoss (post-"Carnival of Souls") are the only drawing cards of this cheap, somewhat atmospheric, but slow and sloggy thriller. A wealthy patriarch in 1892 New England promises in his will that horrifying deaths will befall his weak and selfish relatives if they fail to abide by his postmortem wishes. Camera-work and photography adequate, but this is strictly a fill-in-the-blanks screamer. Scheider, young and green, cannot belie his lack of faith in this material, reading his lines in a stilted monotone; he has one of those funny, "mad scientist"-styled speeches at the finish line which nearly renders the movie an unintentional comedy. So, does the corpse rise from the coffin? Initially, it appears to--complete with hat, cape, and cane in hand!--but what follows is pretty tired, even for the bargain-basement horror genre. NO STARS from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1968 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Curse of the Living Corpse See more »

Filming Locations:

Stamford, Connecticut, USA

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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