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M (1951/Columbia) 88mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Joseph Losey; Prod: Seymour Nebenzal;
Sc: Leo Katcher, Norman Reilly Raine & Waldo Salt; Ph: Ernest Laszlo; Ed: Edward Mann;
Des: Martin Obzina; Mus: Michel Michelet.
Cast: David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Luther Adler,
Karen Morley, Steve Brodie, Raymond Burr, Jorja Curtwright, Martin Gabel.
Police presence is heightened in their search for a flute playing child murderer, (Wayne),
which upsets the mob who cannot continue with their criminal activities, therefore they
resolve to catch the murderer themselves.
A grim remake of the 1931 classic that changes the location to America and sufficiently
captures the theme, but none of the atmosphere.
Castle & Robb White/Allied Artists) 73mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: William Castle; Sc: Robb
White; Ph: Carl E. Guthrie; Ed: John F. Schreyer; Art: Jack T. Collins & Robert
Kinoshita; Sfx: Jack Rabin, Louis DeWitt & Irving Block; Mu: Jack Dusick; Mus: Les
Baxter. From "The Marble Forest" by Theo Durrant.
Cast: William Prince, Jim Backus, Jacqueline Scott,
Philip Tonge, Ellen Corby, Susan Morrow, Christine White, Linda Guderman, Johnathan Kidd,
Dorothy Morris, Howard Hoffman.
"So terrifying we have to insure your life!"
"See it with someone who can carry you home!"
When a small town doctor is believed to have allowed his wife and sister to die while in
his care, a plot is hatched to try and scare the doctor to death by making him believe
that his young daughter has been kidnapped and buried alive.
The wordiness of the script creates tedium, while the constant use of flashbacks only
causes confusion. Any attempt at humour is badly blundered.
Castle's promotional gimmick involved giving away Lloyds of London life insurance policies
in the event that the film fatally frightens anyone in the audience.
The novel's author, Theo Durrant is a psuedonym for the combined talents of Terry Adler,
Anthony Boucher, Eunice Mays Botd, Florence Austern Faulkner, Allen Hymson, Cary Lucas,
Dane Lyon, Lenore Glen Offord, Virginia Rath, Virginia Shattuck, Darwin L. Teilhet and
MACABRE SERENADE (1968/Azteca/Columbia) 80mins. Mexico/US.
Aka: HOUSE OF EVIL; DANCE OF DEATH
Credits: Dir: Juan Ibanez & Jack Hill; Prod: Luis
Enrique Veraga; Sc: Jack Hill.
Cast: Boris Karloff,
Julissa, Andres Garcia, Angel Espinosa, Beatriz Baz.
A deranged composer, (Karloff), invites his heirs to his sinister home where each of their
deaths are heralded by an eerie organ melody.
The film lacks suspense and coherence.
The worst of the four terrible low-budget pictures made with Karloff just before his
death. All his scenes were filmed in a Los Angeles studio. When producer Veraga died the
film suffered legal problems preventing its release.
MACISTE AL L' INFERNO (1960/Palisade International/Medallion)
Aka: THE WITCHS CURSE; MACISTE IN HELL.
Credits: Dir: Riccardo Freda; Prod: Ermano Donati
& Luigi Carpentieri; Sc: Eddy H. Given, Oreste Biancoli & Piero Pierotti; Ph:
Ricardo Pallotini; Ed: Ornella Michela. Based on the film Maciste in Hell (1926).
Cast: Kirk Morris, Hélène Chanel, Angelo Zanolli,
Andrea Bosic, Vira Silenti, Charles Fawcett.
Maciste, (Morris), enters Hell to end a witches curse on a small Scottish town.
Another muscleman, sword and sorcery film that includes a scene of a vulture eating a
condemned man's entrails.
MACISTE AL LA CORTE DEL GRAN KHAN (1961/Panda/Gallus-Agiman)
Aka: SAMSON AND THE SEVEN MIRACLES OF THE WORLD; GOLIATH AND THE GOLDEN CITY.
Credits: Dir: Riccardo Freda, Prod: Ermanno Donati
& Luigi Carpentieri; Sc: Oreste Biancoli & Duccio Tessari; Ph: Riccardo
Pallottini; Ed: Ornella Micheli; Art: Piero Filippone; Mus: Carlo Innocenzi. US. Version
Mus: Les Baxter.
Cast: Gordon Scott, Yoko Tani, Dante Di Paolo,
Gabriele Antonini, Leonardo Severini, Valery Inkijinoff.
Maciste's super strength causes an earthquake in China when he moves an entire mountain.
MACISTE AL LA CORTE DELLO ZAR (1963/Cineluxor) 91mins.
Aka: SAMSON VERSUS THE GIANT KING; ATLAS AGAINST THE CZAR; GIANT OF THE LOST TOMB (UK).
Credits: Dir: Tanio Boccia (Anton Amerigo); Prod:
Luigi Rovere; Sc: Mario Moroni, Alberto de Rossi & Tanio Boccia; Ph: Aldo Giordani;
Art: Amedeo Mellone; Mus: Carlo Rustichelli.
Cast: Kirk Morris, Massimo Serato, Gloria Milland,
Ombretta Colli, Tom Felleghi, Giulio Donnini, Dada Gallotti.
When the body of Maciste is found buried in a tomb he is brought back to life with a
MACISTE CONTRO GLI UOMINI DELLA LUNA (1964/Governor)
Aka: MACISTE E LA REGINA DI SAMAR; HERCULES AGAINST THE MOONMEN; HERCULES VERSUS THE MOON
Credits: Dir: Giacomo Gentilomo; Prod: Luigi Mondello;
Sc: Arpad De Riso, Nino Scolaro, Giacomo Gentilomo & Angelo Sangarmano.
Cast: Alan Steel, Jany Clair, Anna Maria Polani, Nando
Tamberlani, Jean Pierre Honore.
The Moon men and their sorceress Queen dwell in The Mountain of Death and plot to enslave
the country of Sumar. Only Hercules, (Steel), can stop their evil plans.
MACISTE CONTRO IL VAMPIRO (1961/DeLaurentis/Moffa/Ambrosiana
Cinematografica) 91mins. Italy.
Aka: GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRES; THE VAMPIRES.
Credits: Dir: Giacomo Gentilomo & Sergio Corbucci;
Prod: Paolo Moffa; Sc: Sergio Corbucci & Duccio Tessari.
Cast: Gordon Scott, Gianna Maria Canale, Jacques
Sernas, Leonora Ruffo, Anabella Incontrera, Rocco Vitolazzi, Guido Celano.
With the aid of Blue Men, Goliath, (Scott), confronts his undead double and vanquishes
evil vampire Kobrak, (Celano), and his army of faceless human zombies.
The usual muscle-man adventure yarn with only the poor effects adding any life to the
Maciste is the Italian name for Goliath.
MACISTE E LA REGINA DI SAMAR (1964) see Maciste Contro Gli
Uomini Della Luna
MACISTE IN HELL (1960) see Maciste al Inferno
MACISTE IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS (1961)
see Maciste Nella Terra dei Ciclopi
MACISTE NELLE MINIERE DE RE SALOMONE (1964/Panda) 98mins.
Aka: SAMSON IN KING SOLOMON'S MINES.
Credits: Dir: & Sc: Piero Regnoli (Martin
Andrews); Prod: Ermanno Donati & Luigi Carpenteri; Ph: Luciano Trasatti; Ed: Ornella
Micheli; Art: Aurelio Crugnole; Mus: Francesco de Masi.
Cast: Reg Park, Wandisa Guida, Dan Harrison, Eleonora
Bianchi, Elio Jotta (Leonard G. Elliott), Lorris Loddi, Carlo Tamberlani.
Maciste is compelled to work in the mines by means of a magic ring on his leg. Some
villains are killed in a flood of molten gold.
MACISTE NELLA TERRA DEI CICLOPI (1961/Medallion/Panda Films)
Aka: MACISTE IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS; ATLAS AGAINST THE CYCLOPS; MONSTER FROM THE
Credits: Dir: Antonio Leonuiola; Prod: Ermano Donati
& Luigi Carpentieri; Sc: O. Biancoli & Gino Mangini; Ph: Riccardo Pallottini; Ed:
Cast: Mitchell Gordon, Chelo Alonso, Aldo Padinotti,
Vira Silenti, Paul Wynter, Fabio.
The evil Capys, daughter of the witch Circe, abducts Fabio, the son of Odysseus and his
queen, (Alonso), to offer as a sacrifice to the cyclops. Maciste, (Gordon), has to face
the man eating creature to try and rescue them.
Despite the good camerawork, this is an awful entry to the Italian sword and sandal films.
MACISTE NELLA VALLE DEI RE (1960/Jolly/Gallus/CICCC/Borderie/Dubrava)
Aka: MACISTE THE MIGHTY (UK); SON OF SAMSON.
Credits: Dir: Carlo Campogalliani; Prod: Ermanno
Donati & Luigi Carpentieri; Sc: Oreste Bioncoli; Ph: Riccardo Pallottini; Ed: Renato
Cinquini; Art: Oscar D'Amico; Mus: Carlo Franci.
Cast: Mark Forest, Chelo Alonso, Angelo Zanolli,
Frederica Ranchi, Vira Silenti, Carlo Tamberlani, Nino Musco, Ignazio Dolce, Zvonimir
Rogoz, Peter Dobric.
Maciste tries to help the heir to an Egyptian kingdom regain his throne in spite of the
efforts of an evil queen and her magic locket that acts as a love charm.
MACISTE THE MIGHTY (1960) see Maciste Nella Valle dei Re
MACUMBA LOVE (1960/Allied Enterprises) 86mins. Brasil/US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Douglas Fowley.
Cast: Douglas Fowley, June Wilkinson, Walter Reed,
Ziva Rodann, William Wellman Jnr., Ruth de Souza.
When a writer, working in the South American tropics, exposes the local witchcraft as
fakery he is promptly marked as a voodoo victim.
A slow moving thriller that relys only on gyrating torsos to maintain interest.
Wilkinson is better known for her forty four inch bust and a later appearance in
THE MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND (1969/Hemisphere) 85mins.
Aka: TOMB OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Credits: Dir: Gerald De Leon & Eddie Romero; Prod:
Eddie Romero; Sc: Ruben Conway; Ph: Justo Paulino; Mus: Tito Arevalo.
Cast: Ronald Remy, John Ashley, Angelique Pettyjohn,
Eddie Garcia, Alicia Alonzo, Ronoldo Valdez.
A man arrives on Blood Island and discovers that the insane Dr. Luca has turned his
friend's father into a horrible chlorophyll monster that tears apart the local natives.
A tedious and ineptly made second entry to the "Blood Island" series that wastes
away the possibilities of the unique chlorophyll monster.
Pettyjohn later changed her name to Heaven St. John and starred in porno films.
Sequel: Blood Devils.
THE MAD EXECUTIONERS (1965)
Credits: Dir: Edward Zbonek. From a mystery by Edgar
Cast: Wolfgang Preiss, Chris Howland, Harry Riebauer.
An axe murderer and a maniacal sex-fiend are loose on the streets of fog enshrouded
London. Double the trouble for a Scotland Yard inspector who sets up his own court to
A confusing addition to the spate of Edgar Wallace adaptations made in Germany during the
THE MAD MAGICIAN (1953/Columbia) 72mins. BW. with colour
Credits: Dir: John Brahm; Prod:
Bryan Foy; Sc: Crane Wilbur; Ph: Bert Glennon; Ed: Grant Whytock; Art: Frank Sylos; Sfx:
David Koehler; Magic Fx: Bob Haskell; Mu: Gustaf Norin & George Bau; Mus: Emil Newman
& Arthur Lange.
Cast: Vincent Price, Mary
Murphy, Eva Gabor, John Emery, Donald Randolph, Lenita Lane, Patrick O'Neal, Jay Novello,
The Great Gallico, an inventor of illusions, (Price), is frustrated by the constant denial
of fame and finally goes insane when his boss, Mr. Ormond seduces his greedy wife,
(Gabor), and another magician, The Great Rinaldi, steals his ideas. Using all the tricks
of his trade, Gallico embarks on a killing spree of the people responsible for his
unhappiness and those who discover his murderous activities.
Although the plot is developed slowly, Price, in a character not unlike his portrayal in House of Wax, and some gruesome moments compensate for the lack
MAD MONSTER PARTY? (1966/Avco Embassy) 94mins. Animated. US.
Credits: Dir: Jules Bass; Prod: Arthur Rankin Jnr.;
Sc: Ken Korobkin & Harvey Kurtzman; Figure Des: Jack Davis; Mus: Maury Laws; Lyrics:
Jules Bass. From a story by Arthur Rankin Jnr.
Voices: Boris Karloff,
Phyllis Diller, Gale Garnett, Ethel Ennis, Alan Swift.
Dr. Frankenstein, (Karloff), invites all the monsters to his castle for a convention to
announce his retirement and choose a worthy successor. Included on the list of invitations
is Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Frankenstein Monster, a Mummy, a Huncback and a young
boy who is actually Frankenstein's distant nephew.
A charming stop-motion film, but not the comedy it wants to be.
Kurtzman created the popular "Mad" magazine.
THE MAD ROOM (1969/Columbia) 92mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Bernard Girard; Prod: Norman Maurer; Sc:
Bernard Girard & A.Z. Martin; Ph: Harry Stradling Jnr.; Ed: Pat Somerset; Art: Sidney
Litwack; Mus: Dave Grusin. From the play "Ladies In Retirement".
Cast: Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Skip Ward,
Carol Cole, Severn Darden, Beverly Garland, Michael Burns, Barbara Sammeth.
Years after they were sent to an asylum for murdering their parents, a brother, (Burns),
and sister, (Sammeth), are released to live with an elderly widow, (Winters). When the
woman learns the truth about their past she asks them to leave, but is found hacked to
death the next day. The siblings are immediately blamed for the slaying, but the real
culprit is someone who will go to any lengths to protect them.
A weak and predictable remake of LADIES IN RETIREMENT (1941) beautifully filmed in Canada.
MADHOUSE (1973/Amicus/AIP.) 92mins. UK/US.
Aka: THE REVENGE OF DOCTOR DEATH.
Credits: Dir: James Clark; Prod: Max J. Rosenburg & Milton Subotsky;
Ex.Prod: Samuel Z. Arkoff; A.Prod: John Dark; Sc: Gregg Morrison & Murray Smith; Ph:
Ray Parslow; Ed: Clive Smith; Art: Tony Curtis; Sfx: Kerss & Spencer; Mu: George
Blacker; Mus: Douglas Gamley. From "Devilday" by Angus Hall.
Cast: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Adrienne Corri, Natasha Pyne, Linda
Hayden, Barry Dennen, Catherine Wilmer, John Garrie, Jenny Lee Wright, Michael Parkinson,
Julie Crosthwaite, Ellis Dale, Ian Thompson, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone.
Fifteen years ago, horror film actor Paul Toombes, (Price), was on trial for the murder of
his girlfriend and was found innocent of the charge. Now Toombes is convinced by a
scriptwriter, (Cushing), to return to acting in a television series based on "Doctor
Death", the character he made famous in his earlier works. However, people are being
killed around him and the police are beginning to suspect that Toombes is commiting murder
based on the exploits of the character he is portraying on the screen. Despite doubting
his own sanity, Toombes discovers that the real culprit is the scriptwriter who wanted to
play the role of Doctor Death, and had murdered the girl all those years ago trying to
implicate Toombes, leaving the way free for him to be cast in the role.
A confusing tale helped slightly by the occasional touches of humour and Price's delicious
This contains so many film clips from old American International productions that Boris
Karloff and Basil Rathbone are listed in the cast.
Vincent Price also sings the song over the end credits.
MADMEN OF MANDORAS (1964) see They Saved Hitler's Brain
MAGIC BOY (1960/MGM.) 83mins. Japan. Animated.
Credits: Dir: Akira Daikubara.
A boy must rescue his sister when she is kidnapped by an evil witch, learning the power of
white magic from an old hermit.
THE MAGIC SERPENT (1966) see Kairyu Daikessen
THE MAGIC SWORD (1962/UA./Bert I. Gordon) 80mins.
Aka: THE SORCERER'S CURSE; ST. GEORGE AND THE SEVEN CURSES.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Bert I. Gordon; Sc: Bernard
Schoenfeld; Ph: Paul Vogel; Ed: Harry Gerstad; Des: Franz Bachelin; Sfx: Milt Rice;
Vis.Fx: Bert I. Gordon & Flora Gordon; Mus: Richard Markowitz. From a story by Bert I.
Cast: Basil Rathbone,
Estelle Winwood, Gary Lockwood, Richard Kiel, Anne Helm, Angelo Rossitto, Maila
Nurmi,Liam Sullivan, Jacques Gallo, John Mauldin, Leroy Johnson, Angus Duncan, David
Cross, Taldo Kenyon, Jack Cosslyn, Danille De Metz, Merritt Stone, Marlette Callahan.
A witch named Sybil, (Winwood), raises her foster son George, (Lockwood), and gives him a
magic sword which he uses to rescue a princess, (Helm), from the evil clutches of a
sorcerer named Lodac, (Rathbone), and his fiery dragon with the help of seven renowned
knights brought back from the dead.
Also features siamese twins, some pin-heads, a hunchback, an ogre and a vampire hag,
A medieval fantasy that will appeal to most stop motion monster fans. Although this is one
of Gordon's better films, the low budget still shows. Rathbone's performance shines.
THE MAGICIAN (1961) see Ansiktet
THE MAGNETIC MONSTER (1953/UA./A-men Prod.) 75mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Curt Siodmak &
Herbert L. Strock; Prod: Ivan Tors; A.Prod. & Des: George Van Marter; Sc: Curt Siodmak
& Ivan Tors; Ph: Charles Van Enger; Ed: Herbert L. Strock; Sfx: Harry Redmond Jnr.;
Ph.Fx: Jack Glass; Mus: Blaine Sanford.
Cast: Richard Carlson, King Donovan, Jean Byron, Harry
Ellerbe, Leo Britt, Leonard Mudie, Byron Foulger, Michael Fox, John Zarimba, Lee Phelps,
Watson Downs, Roy Engle, Frank Gerstle, John Vosper, John Dodsworth, Michael Granger, Bill
Benedict, Kathleen Freeman, Strother Martin, Jarma Lewis.
"Cosmic Frankentein terrorises Earth!"
An unknown element turns into an unstable metal when it is treated with alpha particles,
eating massive quantities of energy and doubling it's size every eleven hours, killing
people with massive doses of radiation. Two scientists, (Carlson & Donovan), from the
Office of Scientific Investigation (OSI), isolate the element and are forced to feed it
energy when it is hungry to avoid it causing an implosion. As the particle grows the
threat to the Earth becomes apparent and the scientists theorise that overfeeding it might
destroy it. The particle is transported to an experimental generator being developed in
Canada under the ocean that can produce 900 million volts. Despite little chance of
success, the element is eventually stabalised.
A cheap, but tautly directed B-movie with some imaginative ideas to keep it compelling and
entertaining. One scientist comments that the element is creation itself, having possibly
been responsible for the formation of the planets.
Footage from GOLD (1934), a film about scientists being able to synthesise the precious
metal with a huge generator, was used for the final scenes in the underwater laboratory.
OSI. appears again in Gog (1954).
LES MAINS D'ORLAC (1960/Pendennis) 105mins.(France). 95mins.(UK).
BW. France/UK. Released Apr. 29th '62.
Aka: THE HANDS OF ORLAC; HANDS OF A STRANGLER.
Credits: Dir: Edmund T. Gréville; Prod: Steven Pallos
& Donald Taylor; Sc: John Bains & Edmund T. Greville; Ph: Desmond Dickinson; Ed:
Oswald Hafenrichter; Art: John Blezard; Dial: Donald Taylor; Mus: Claude Bolling. French
version: Ph: Jacque Lemare; Ed: Jean Ravel; Art: Eugene Pierac; Dial: Max Montagut. From
"Les Mains d'Orlac" by Maurice Renard.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Mel Ferrer, Campbell Singer,
Peter Reynolds, Lucile Saint Simon, Dany Carrel, Felix Aylmer, Basil Sidney, Sir Donald
Wolfit, Donald Pleasence, Peter Bennet, George Merritt, Arnold Diamond, Janina Faye,
Edouard Hemme, Gertan Klauber, David Peel, Walter Randall, Mireille Perrey, Yanilou, Anita
Sharp Bolster, Manning Wilson.
The great concert pianist Steven Orlac, (Ferrer), is driven to madness when he believes
his hands damaged in an aeroplane accident have been replaced with those from an infamous
strangler's corpse. A crook, (Lee), keeps the belief alive in the pianist's mind for his
The third adaptation of Renard's novel is exceedingly stilted and unconvincing. Two films
were made simultaneously, one in French for the European market with Antoine Balpetre in
Donald Wolfit's role, and the other in English.
MAJIN (1966) see Daimajin
MAJIN, MONSTER OF TERROR (1966) see Daimajin
MAJIN NO TSUME (1959/Toei) 62mins. Japan.
Aka: SATAN NO TSUME.
Credits: Dir: Eijiro Wakabayashi.
Cast: Fumitake Omura, Tomoko Matsushima.
Superhero The Man in the Moonlight Mask, battles the evil villain Satan.
MAJIN STRIKES AGAIN (1966) see Daimajin Ikaru
MAJIN, THE HIDEOUS IDOL (1966) see Daimajin
LA MALDICION DE LA LLORONA (1961/Cinematografica ABSA/Clasa-Mohme)
BW. Mexico. Aka: CURSE OF THE CRYING WOMAN.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Rafael Baledon; Prod: Abel
Cast: Abel Salazar, Rosita Arenas, Rita Macedo,
Domingo Soler, Carlos Lopez Moctezuma, Enrique Lucero, Mario Sevilla.
A vampiric woman, (Macedo), and her scarred homicidal husband, (Lucero), attempt to revive
the mummified corpse of the legendary la Llorona, The Crying Woman. A couple, (Arenas
& Salazar), find themselves at the strange house where they encounter ghosts and
hypnotic trances before managing to escape.
LA MALDICION DE LA
MOMIA AZTECA (1961/Azteca) BW. Mexico.
Aka: THE CURSE OF THE AZTEC MUMMY.
Credits: Dir: Rene Cardona; Prod: William Calderon
Stell; Sc: Alfredo Salazar.
Cast: Roman Gay, Rosita Arenas, Crox Alvarado.
Dr. Krupp continues to try and obtain the treasure guarded by Popoca the aztec mummy,
while wresling superhero Angel battles with The Bat and his minions.
Brought to America by producer K. Gordon Murray.
Sequel: Las Luchadros Contra la Momia.
LA MALDICION DE NOSTRADAMUS (1960/Estudios America) BW.
Aka: THE CURSE OF NOSTRADAMUS.
Credits: Dir: Frederico Curiel; Prod: Victor Parra;
Sc: Carlos E. Toboada & Alfredo Ruanova; Ph: Fernando Colin.
Cast: Germán Robles, Julio Aleman, Domingo Soler,
Aurora Alvarado, Manver (Manuel Vergara), Manuel Casanueva, Manuel Donde, Roberto Araya,
Reynaldo Rivera, Amado Zumaya, Patricia de Morelos, Fernando Curiel.
A bearded vampire descendant, (Robles), of the sixteenth century prophet kills two
colleagues of professor Duran, (Soler), and kidnaps his daughter, (Alvarado), before
escaping into a maze of underground tunnels.
A feature film edited from episodes "El Dedo del Destino", "El Libro De Los
Siglos" & "Las Victimas De La Noche" from the popular 1959 Mexican
serial La Sangre de Nostradamus. This and three other features
from the serial were imported to America by producer K. Gordon Murray.
LA MALDICION DE LOS KARNSTIEN (1962/MEC
Cinematografica/Hispamer) 92mins. BW. Spain/Italy.
Aka: TERROR IN THE CRYPT; THE VAMPIRES CRYPT; LA CRIPTA E L'INCUBO; CRYPT OF HORROR.
Credits: Dir: Thomas Miller (Camillo Mastrocinque);
Prod: William Mulligan; Sc: Maria Del Carment, Martinez Roman & José L. Monter; Ph:
Julio Ortas & Giuseppe Aquari; Ed: Herbert Markle; Art: Teddy Villalba; Mus: Cvarlo
Savina. Based on "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Vera Valmont, José Campos,
Ursula Davis (Pier Ana Quaglia), Audrey Amber (Adriana Ambessi), Nela Conjiu, Vera
Valmont, José Villasante, Angela Minervini, Carla Calo.
"In some houses death is a tenant" - deformed gypsy.
After the Karnstein's maid Rowena performs a Satanic ritual in the crypt as head of a
Devil-cult, Count Ludwig Karnstein, (Lee), begins to believe his daughter Laura, (Amber),
is possessed by her two hundred year old ancestor Sera Karnstein crucified for being a
witch. When a carriage accident forces a woman to leave her daughter Luba, (Davis), in the
Karnstein's care for a time, Laura develops a close association with the girl whose looks
are remarkably similar to the age old witch. Other members of the Karnstein family die in
bizarre accidents when the Count realises that his suspicions are true and that Luba is
actually Sera's spirit and a vampire who possesses his daughter to drink the blood of the
descendants of those responsible for Sera's execution. Upon discovering the whereabouts of
Sera's hidden tomb, the Count impales the body causing Luba to disappear.
A satisfying vampire tale similar to Et Mourir de Plaisir
with suitably wispy monochrome photography generating plenty of atmosphere to try and hide
the cheapness and obvious acting problems.
MALENKA LA VAMPIRA (1969/Triton/Victory/Cobra/Felix)
Aka: FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD (US); MALENKA, THE VAMPIRE; LA NIPOTE DEL VAMPIRO; MALENKA:
LO SOBRINA DEL VAMPIRO.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Amando De Ossorio; Prod:
Aubrey Ambert & Rossana Yani.
Cast: Anita Ekberg, Rossana Yani, Diana Lorys, Julian
Ugarte, John Hamilton (Gianni Medici), Audrey Ambert (Adriana Ambesi).
When a glamorous model, Silvia, (Ekberg), inherits a castle in Italy she arrives to find
that her uncle, Count Wolduck, (Ugarte), is a vampire who believes that his neice is the
reincarnation of Malenka, a nun burnt at the stake for practising witchcraft. Now plagued
by vampires, Silvia eventually suspects that it may be a plot to gain her inheritance.
Although the female vampires are pretty in the soft focus sex scenes, the film is poorly
developed and tedious.
MALENKA: LO SOBRINA DEL VAMPIRO (1969) see Malenka, la Vampira
MALENKA, THE VAMPIRE (1969) see Malenka, la Vampira
MALIKA SALOMI (1953/Comedy Pictures) India.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Mohamed Hussein. From
"She" by Rider Haggard.
Cast: Rupa Varman, Krishna Kumari, Kamran Sheikh,
An immortal queen who rules an ancient lost city, falls in love with the reincarnation of
a previous lover.
A retelling of the famous story.
THE MALPAS MYSTERY (1960) UK.
Credits: Dir: Sidney Hayers. From "The Face In
The Night" by Edgar Wallace.
Cast: Maureen Swanson, Allan Cuthbertson, Geoffrey
Keene, Ronald Howard, Sandra Dorne.
A maniac terrorises the occupants of an old dark house.
THE MALTESE BIPPY (1969/MGM.) 88mins.
Credits: Dir: Norman Panama; Sc: Everett Freeman &
Cast: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Carol Lynley, Julie
Newmar, Mildred Natwick, Fritz Weaver, Robert Reed.
At a spooky house on Long Island A group of crooks covince a porno star, (Martin), that he
is a werewolf in an effort to find a hidden cache of stolen jewels.
A trite comedy with several different endings from Rowan and Martin, the television stars
of the popular American television show "Laugh-in". Rowan appears as a
Dracula-type character called Ravenswood.
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