A mad scientist (Mark Burns) is conducting hideous occult experiments at the family estate of Brattling Manor, monkeying about with things man was not meant to know, including the transfer and containment of living souls. It's only a matter of time before he begins to experiment on the souls of human beings - including his own family.Written by
Was shot under the title "Shadows over Bridge Place," but later released as "House of the Living Dead" and "Curse of the Dead" to cash in on the then-popular zombie movies, even though there are no zombies in the movie whatsoever. See more »
Mostly lumbering horror movie with a twist of an ending...
1st watched 11/4/2020 (Dir-Ray Austin):
Mostly lumbering horror movie with a twist of an ending, but not enough to make me or others like the movie - in my opinion. The story is about a rich family, named the Bratley's in South Africa with a twisted past including a son named Bracken, that was injured badly in a horse attack rendering him supposedly invalid. The other son, named Michael, seems normal enough, and is hoping to marry a pretty woman named Mary Anne as he welcomes her to their home in hopes of completing the task of winning her over. In the meantime, animals and humans are showing up missing or dead and the servants of the household are not happy. When Mary Anne arrives, she is shunned by the Mother and is very curious about the injured brother as he is kept away from her and everyone else except Michael and the Mother. A black-capped limping person is seen coming in and out of the house in the evenings - playing an eerie organ with more mysterious things happening overnight while the mother and Michael insist that it can't be him. Again, the pace of this movie is really what makes it fail. The acting is fine, but by the time the twist ending occurs - the audience is just waiting for the movie to be over. This evil villain is actually capturing souls in jars, which is a different kind of creepy thing not seen much, but this was not enough to make the movie watchable.
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