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The Shadow of Chikara (1977)

Two former Confederate captains set-out to recover diamonds hidden in the mountains of Arkansas but a native spirit named Chikara is said to protect the sacred mountains against intruders.

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Earl E. Smith

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Earl E. Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Don Baker ... Wishbone Cutter
Sondra Locke ... Drusilla Wilcox
Ted Neeley ... Amos Richmond - Teach
Joy N. Houck Jr. Joy N. Houck Jr. ... Half Moon O'Brian (as Joy Houck Jr.)
Dennis Fimple ... Posey
John Davis Chandler ... Rafe (as John Chandler)
Grady Wyatt Grady Wyatt ... Dancer
Linda Dano ... Rosalie Cutter
Slim Pickens ... Virgil Cane
Robert Ginnivan Robert Ginnivan ... Confederate Officer (as Robert Ginnaven)
Bud Davis ... Maj. Lee Blackburn
Roger Manning Roger Manning ... Yankee Officer
Coy Kelly Coy Kelly ... Sentry
Kerry Smith Kerry Smith ... Barmaid
Don Kellams Don Kellams ... Bartender
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Storyline

Confederate veterans of the last battle of the Civil War set out to find a hidden treasure: diamonds hidden in a cave. However, the soldiers find they are being followed by a mysterious hunter (or hunters) who may have a connection to a mythic eagle spirit. Written by Ørnås and Ray Goshay

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The chilling Indian legend of Chikara and the mountain of demons. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1979 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamond Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

Arkansas, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Farwinds Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

This movie is set in 1865 at the end of the American civil war and features diamonds being discovered in a cave in Arkansas. In real life the first diamonds were not discovered in Arkansas until 1906. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK DVD (released as "Curse of Demon Mountain") is cut by 6 secs to remove shots of two horses falling down a mountain side. See more »

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Deserving of a first class DVD presentation
10 June 2006 | by annualman-1See all my reviews

On Friday 14th May 1982 this was the first film I ever recorded on a VCR - thats why I remember it so vividly - and I loved it. Yesterday I finally tracked it down on DVD under the title Curse of the Demon Mountain in the UK.

This has to be the worst official DVD release I have ever seen. I was still able to enjoy the movie, it is (in my opinion) a masterpiece of the horror/western cinema subgenre, but the film transfer was awful.

Sound was poor, colours went from over exposed to faded, the film was full frame (despite being shot in Panavision) and the sound went totally muted whenever an insult was hurled! Talk about censorship! The horse fall was there, the bloody battle at the start, the arrow in the arm, but any old insult gets censored out! Unbelievable.

Its about time Chikara got the DVD treatment it deserves. Full 2.35 to 1 widescreen, with loads of extras. I would love to see it that way.

And I would happily pay good money for the chance!


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