Three horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the first story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of himself, his fiancee ... See full summary »
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In the end of the Nineteenth Century, the aristocrat Edward Markham is disfigured by sorcery in Africa by the natives. His brother Julian Markham brings him back to the Markham Manor in England and keeps him prisoner in the attic. The mad Edward asks his lawyer Trench and his partner to bring the African sorcerer N'Galo in secret to heal him but Julian does not allow any contact with his brother. Trench and N'Galo simulate the death of Edward to remove him from the attic in a coffin. However, body snatchers bring his body to the unscrupulous Dr. Newhartt for his research. Edward offers a large amount to Dr. Newhartt to stay hidden in his house and wears a crimson hood to hide his face. When Edward goes to the town, his mask brings problem to him and he begins a series of murders. When he finally meets N'Galo, he finds why the natives have deformed him and he seeks revenge.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The moments of extreme violence in this film had to be toned down in order to avoid an R rating. See more »
When Sir Edward murders Heidi the prostitute, the special effects knife clearly sprays blood onto the actresses' neck well before it actually touches her. See more »
I might find myself buying your pretty little body one day for a guinea or two.
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The MGM DVD is the complete uncut version running 96m. Previous USA VHS releases were only 94m whilst the old UK VHS was trimmed further to 91m (87m in pal). The UK VHS was missing:
about 1m out of the pre-credits sequence (various small trims)
a scene in which Vincent Price and Hilary Dwyer walk in a garden talking about Africa
The murders of Carl Rigg and Uta Levka were abridged
Ute Levka's brief nude shots were missing
a short scene in which Christopher Lee administers a tonic to a patient was removed. The USA VHS restored some of this missing footage but Levka nudity was still missing, her death was slightly abridged and the short Lee scene was missing. The 2008 Optimum DVD features the full uncut version.
Disfigured in an African ritual, Edward is kept, "protected", by his brother Julian by being kept chained up in attic. He fakes his death to escape from Julian and another man is killed to take Edward's place in the "oblong box". Film looks like a low-key, photographed stageplay, a well-dressed period piece having little to do with Poe's short story, besides the title box. This is one of those films to watch primarily to enjoy the cast, lush settings and photography, hooded killers, throat-slicings, and a couple of good scares along the way, even if it has little if anything to do with Poe, just don't get one's hopes too high up. It does have a good unmasking scene, and genuinely creepy twist-ending, which still stood out in my mind years after I had last seen this film.
Favourite line: "I'll only do my prowling at night."
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