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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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 »
[to Vivian, after she uncovers a severed head on a breakfast platter]
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Corpse apparently raises a ruckus...actors look embarrassed
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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