Curse of the Crimson Altar

A shoddy horror pic, notable only as the 81-year-old Karloff's last completed feature. Robert Manning (Eden) traces his vanished brother to Craxted Lodge in the village of Greymarsh, but the owner (Lee) - in fact taking revenge against the Manning family on behalf of a witch ancestor, Lavinia (Steele), burned in the 17th century - denies all knowledge of him. Robert has strange dreams featuring Steele, her face painted green, her lips blood-red, and wearing a ram's horn headpiece; but he and his girlfriend (Wetherell) are ultimately saved by a wheelchair-bound witchcraft expert (Karloff). The story has (uncredited) similarities to HP Lovecraft's Dream in the Witch House, but director Sewell never gets to grips with the muddled script.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Vernon Sewell
Screenwriter: Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln
Cast: Boris Karloff
Christopher Lee
Mark Eden
Virginia Wetherell
Barbara Steele
Rupert Davies
Michael Gough
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