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House of the Living Dead (1974)

On a South African plantation, a maniac is on the loose, first killing the estate's animals, then starting on the human members.

Director:

Ray Austin

Writers:

Marc Marais (screenplay) (as Marc de V. Marais), John Brason (original story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mark Burns ... Sir Michael Brattling / Dr. Breckinridge Brattling
Shirley Anne Field ... Mary Anne Carew
David Oxley ... Dr. Collinson
Margaret Inglis Margaret Inglis ... Lady Brattling
Dia Sydow Dia Sydow ... Lena
Lynne Maree Lynne Maree ... Annie
Bill Flynn Bill Flynn ... Simeon
Nobby Clark Nobby Clark ... Capt. Turner (as William Baird Clark)
Ronald France Ronald France ... Col. Pringle
Don Furnival Don Furnival ... Brand
Pieter Geldenhuys Pieter Geldenhuys ... Shoemaker (as Peter Geldenhuys)
Ben Dekker Ben Dekker ... Jan
Limpie Basson Limpie Basson ... Hugo de Groot
Amina Gool Amina Gool ... Aia Kat
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Storyline

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 Ørnås

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It drives you mad before it kills! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

12 August 1974 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Curse of the Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Atmosphere saves this film
16 April 2018 | by nick121235See all my reviews

Shot in South Africa, the location of this film lends a unique air of mystery to am otherwise fairly typical early 70's British thriller. While the story plays it safe, the scenery and camera work shines. the inside of the Bradley house is both chilling and gorgeous, and the beautiful lanscapes create an odd contrast to both the dark mansion, and the frightening plot. While it isn't the most innovative film, I can't help but feel that much of the negative reviews and ratings to cloud this film's online presence are the result of disappointment over the misleading film title.


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