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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.


Del Tenney


Del Tenney




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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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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It was revealed later that the killer drank tea from a decanter and pretended it was whiskey while he remained sober.However, on the night of his mother's murder, he drank whiskey from the same decanter as he policeman. So they would both have had to have been passed-out drunk, since it was whiskey. See more »


Bruce Sinclair: [to Vivian, after she uncovers a severed head on a breakfast platter] Would you prefer a different menu?
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Curse of the Living Snore.
27 March 2001 | by GroovyDoomSee all my reviews

This is an obscure little film that is more atmospheric than anything else. It's certainly not original, in fact it's a loose remake of a much earlier film called "Secret of the Blue Room"...which, in itself, was remade as "Murder in the Blue Room". Confused yet?

Here we have a stereotypical rich megalomaniac whose death brings out the worst in his surviving relatives. He threatens to come back to life and murder each of them if they do not conform to the minute details of his burial. Of course they blatantly disregard the orders, and soon they are all being picked off as promised. Not that any of them have the sense to just leave the old manor.

This is particularly interesting for its photography, which makes excellent use of light and shadow. Faces loom out of darkness, small objects are illuminated by tiny shafts of light, and the confines of the gloomy mansion are utilized to the hilt. This takes place in an indeterminate time period, with a glaring lack of modern technology, which adds to the gothic feel of the film.

Candace Hilligoss from "Carnival Of Souls" is our heroine, which is another intriguing aspect of the movie. Truthfully, I wasn't aware that Roy Scheider was even in this film, which makes me want to go back and watch it again just out of curiosity. I musn't have been watching the credits.

If you can find this one, you may enjoy it for the aforementioned reasons, but don't expect any real chills or thrills. If you can't figure out the conclusion ahead of time, you're just not paying close enough attention.

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3 January 1968 (Argentina) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Stamford, Connecticut, USA


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$120,000 (estimated)
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