Curse of the Crimson Altar

Curse of the Crimson Altar

Vernon Sewell (1968)

83min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
With a title like this you'd expect sacrifices galore, but none was as great as that made by its star, Boris Karloff. The horror legend makes one of his final screen appearances in this lacklustre offering about devil worship in an old dark house. Not that Karloff cared much about quality, as he was enjoying the pleasure of being back in England, having taken a flat near Lord's in order to be close to his adored cricket. No cricketing consolation, though, for Christopher Lee, who, considering his own affinity to another kind of bat, just, er, hovers in support. Barbara Steele co-stars as a 300-year-old witch - with make-up to prove it.

Summary

A man goes looking for his missing brother in a country house, and finds it is home to a decadent society. Troubled by strange hallucinations and the warnings of a mysterious professor, he investigates further, and stumbles on a cult worshipping an ancient witch with human sacrifices. Horror, starring Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Mark Eden and Barbara Steele.

Cast & Crew

Professor Marsh Boris Karloff
JD Morley Christopher Lee
Robert Manning Mark Eden
Eve Virginia Wetherell
Lavinia Barbara Steele
Vicar Rupert Davies
Elder Michael Gough
Esther Rosemarie Reede
Director Vernon Sewell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains brief nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama