Curse of the Crimson Altar

Film, Horror
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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.

By: NF

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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