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Hammer Films apply their characteristic Gothic touch to this offbeat psychological thriller about a bombastic 19th-century Baron (Robert Hardy) who keeps his two adult offspring imprisoned in the family estate, convinced they are afflicted by an evil curse of madness passed down from their late mother. Unfortunately, they're not the only ones to worry about: it seems a spate of recent murders in the surrounding village are being committed by his son (Shane Briant), who is being manipulated by his father's deranged will to leave the castle and act out Dad's twisted, violent fantasies. Superb photography and good use of locations lend a rich atmosphere to this psycho-costume-drama, and Patrick Magee turns in a good performance as the family doctor (somewhat reminiscent of his role in Coppola's Patrick Magee). Director Peter Sykes keeps the horror fairly subdued until the bloody "shock" ending, which seems to spoil the mood a bit. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast

Shane Briant
as Emil
George Cormack
as 2nd Villager
Robert Hardy
as Zorn
Thomas Heathcote
as Coachman
Gillian Hills
as Elizabeth
Michael Hordern
as Priest
Patrick Magee
as Falkenberg
Yvonne Mitchell
as Hilda
Sheila Raynor
as Old Crone
Barry Stanton
as Ernst
Robert Brown
as Fischinger
Yvonne Mitchell
as Hilda
Robert Brown
as Fischinger
Gillian Hills
as Elizabeth
Robert Hardy
as Zorn
George Cormack
as 2nd Villager
Barry Stanton
as Ernst
Shane Briant
as Emil
Sheila Raynor
as Old Crone
Michael Hordern
as Priest
Thomas Heathcote
as Coachman
Patrick Magee
as Falkenberg

Crew

Peter Sykes
Director
Christopher Wicking
Screenwriter
Arthur Grant
Cinematographer
Harry Robinson
Composer (Music Score)
Rosemary Burrows
Costume Designer
Christopher Neame
Production Manager
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