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The Ghastly Ones (1968)

Not Rated | | Horror | 6 September 1968 (USA)
Three married couples are forced to spend the night in a Victorian-era house where they start getting killed off by a deranged psycho who's bent on claiming an inheritance they are all entitled to.

Director:

Andy Milligan

Writers:

Hal Sherwood (screenplay), Andy Milligan (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Veronica Radburn Veronica Radburn ... Martha
Maggie Rogers Maggie Rogers ... Hattie
Hal Borske Hal Borske ... Colin Trask
Anne Linden Anne Linden ... Vicky
Fib LaBlaque Fib LaBlaque ... Rich (as Fib La Blaque)
Carol Vogel Carol Vogel ... Liz
Richard Romanus ... Don (as Richard Romanos)
Eileen Hayes Eileen Hayes ... Veronica (as Eileen Haves)
Don Williams Don Williams ... Bill
Hal Sherwood Hal Sherwood ... Pastor Walter
Neil Flanagan Neil Flanagan ... Lawyer Dobbs (as Niel Flanagan)
Ada McAllister Ada McAllister ... Ada
Robert Adsit Robert Adsit ... Robert
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Storyline

A gruesome tale of revenge and bloodshed, from the Shock King of Staten Island, cult director, Andy Milligan. This super-cheap horror film story is set in an eerie Victorian mansion where a family has gathered for a will-reading. Three couples must spend the night there to inherit a fortune according to the will. Then they start dying one by one, as people are impaled with pitchforks, decapitated, dismembered, and have their throats hacked open with knives. There is a lot of disgusting gore including a scene where a hunchbacked cretin eats live rabbits. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Mad creatures of the night existing only for sensual sadistic moments of human slaughter! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Orgy See more »

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Budget:

$13,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ASA Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene of the double murder scene was the last scene to be filmed. It was shot during the spring of 1968, several months after principle filming ended as noticed by the green plants in contrast to the winter setting of the bulk of the film. See more »

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Director Andy Milligan's voice can be heard saying "cutting away, move" during one of the murder scenes. See more »

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Available uncut on a Region 1 DVD by Something Wierd Video, paired with 'Seeds of Sin' See more »

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Ghastly, just Ghastly
14 August 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

This film was released in the UK under the name Blood Rites. It was banned outright and never submitted again for release.

As The Ghastly Ones, it was supposedly a hit with the horror hungry denizens of New York City's famed 42nd Street Grindhouse circuit. If you are looking for some bloody horror, then you will find it in this film.

Unfortunately to see the developmentally disabled Colin (Hal Borske) chomp down on a live rabbit, you have to put up with shaky 16mm camera work that makes Ed Wood look positively marvelous.

Three sisters are to spend three days in the family homestead with their husbands before the old man's money is disbursed. Naturally, in such a situation, people start dropping dead. Family secrets are exposed and lots of blood is spilled, especially during a gruesome dismemberment.

Maybe it was the bunny bit that the Brits objected to, I know I did.


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