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The Body Beneath (1970)

A family of vampires takes over an estate known as Carfax Abbey. Since inbreeding is destroying the family line, they need new blood to keep the family going, so they set out to find new sources.

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Andy Milligan

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Andy Milligan
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gavin Reed ... Rev. Alexander Algernon Ford
Jackie Skarvellis Jackie Skarvellis ... Susan Ford
Berwick Kaler ... Spool
Susan Heard Susan Heard ... Alicia Ford
Richmond Ross Richmond Ross ... Paul Donati
Emma Jones Emma Jones ... Candace Ford
Colin Gordon ... Graham Ford
Judith Heard Judith Heard ... Elizabeth
Felicity Sentance Felicity Sentance ... Jessie
Susan Clark Susan Clark ... Anna Ford
Victor Parish Victor Parish ... Cemetery Assistant
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Storyline

One rainy day in London on the edge of Hamstead Heath, there's a knock at the front door of the Ford family home. Unknown to any of the Ford household, the Reverend Alexander Algernon Ford, is actually the head of a large family of ancient vampires also named Ford, who are on the hunt for fresh blood because of constant intermarriage between the vampires over the centuries has seriously diluted their blood line. The vampire "reverend" has his eyes set on a particular relative, Susan Ford, whom he plans to kidnap. He intends to indoctrinate her into his secret coven and use her as a breeder in order to stay in existence. How will Susan be saved? Written by bcarruthers-76500

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vampire's Thirst See more »

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Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Cinemedia Films Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was never released for cinema in the United Kingdom, however it was shown on a double- bill with his other 1970 movie, Guru, the Mad Monk in New York, on 42nd Street in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Alexander Algernon Ford: And then there is the question of the police. You all know only too well how close we have come to being discovered by the police for what we are. You all know how difficult it is to move about London after 11.30pm. London is a police state after midnight. Anyone can be stopped and asked where they are going at any time of the morning. We can no longer exist under these limitations.
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Not the Worst Thing Milligan Made
27 October 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Body Beneath (1970)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

A family of vampires realize that their bloodline is coming to an end so they must try and get new people in so that their family tradition can continue.

THE BODY BENEATH is one of five films that director Andy Milligan made in Britian and believe it or not this film has some fans out there. Sadly, I am not one of them as I found this to be yet another extremely boring period piece that just didn't have enough working in it to keep me interested. It's strange but the more Milligan films I see the more of them I don't like but at the same time I find myself becoming a fan. That might sound weird because how can you become a fan by watching bad movies? Perhaps it's the fact that no matter which Milligan movie you're watching you can tell that it's a Milligan picture.

I must admit that I somewhat admire the fact that he was making these period looking films on such a small budget. There are all sorts of technical issues with this film and there really aren't any "good" performances. With that said, the film remains mildly entertaining just because of that weird factor that the director always managed to bring to his pictures.


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