Welcome everbloody to Friday Frights wif' Tabonga, here at The Dungeon! Tonite we have another Amicus production, this one from 1973. It's a strange little perverted thriller that even has Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Guy Rolfe and Patrick MaGee in it! Amicus was trying to keep up with the racier movies starting to be produced at that time, this is one of those results. It's directed by Roy Ward Baker (FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH) and has some really great interiors and exteriors!
The story's simple, it's 1795 England, Catherine is engaged to be married to Charles Fengriffen, so, they move into his country castle. Once there, she becomes the victim of an old family curse. On her wedding night, she's raped by the ghost of the curse!
The classy music is by Douglas Gamley, Doug also composed for PARADISE LAGOON, PORTRAIT OF A SINNER, THE CITY OF THE DEAD, THE HORROR OF IT ALL, THE RETURN OF MR. MOTO (1965), THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT and THE MONSTER CLUB.
It's time to bring in that lil' button pushin' maniac, and pal, Ralphie The Tarantula! Ralphie's assignment tonite is to push that big red 'GO' button right over there, catty corner from the nook! Hit that button, Ralphie!.. AND, NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS!
Thing's are a little creepy, but cool so far for Catherine in her new home...
But, this happens!
Then, that!... WTF!!
Darling, you need to try and relax!..
This make up job really highlights what Amicus was up to at the time with this and other similiar productions... FREAKY SHOCK!
Catherine discovers her happy place!
The maid sees this in the painting and breaks her neck after falling backwards down the stairs!
Sir, I don't like strange men staring at my breasts!
Catherine likes to get in the mood by looking at pornography.
Hey look, it's Larch Zeppelin!
Herbert Lom, as grandfather Henry, in flashback, is the biggest SOB you'll see anywhere. And, why? He's freakin' rich and can do whatever the Hell he wants! So, after he rapes the guy's girl and chops his hand off, he inherits the curse!
Charles is so distraught over being caught up in the whole ordeal, he keeps the curse going by murdering the ancestor of the man who put the curse on them.
Then, he pays his grandfather's crypt a visit!
Charles then goes nuts and whacks his grandfather's crusty old skeleton against the stone wall of the tomb, over, and over, and over!!
Peter, who plays a doctor, brings Catherine's new baby to her after the birth is over, for her to inspect. Besides a red birthmark on it's face, it's also missing it's right hand!
Ghoulnight Everbloody!!.. Tune in tomorrow for Saturday Shock with Eegah!!