Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964)

The beneficiaries of the recently deceased Rufus Sinclair meet for the reading of his will. It lists a series of demands that must be met by each family member, otherwise Sinclair threatens to return from the grave to kill anyone that does not obey his wishes. It isn't long before his rules are broken and a masked villain begins exacting his revenge! THE CURSE is a pretty standard revenge plot which distinguishes itself apart from similar murder mysteries that preceded it in its graphic on screen violence and gore that helped pave the way for the modern Slasher alongside PSYCHO and DEMENTIA 13. Roy Schieder leads the film as the patriarch's under appreciated but intelligent son that attempts to aid the police in unraveling the mystery in order to stop the killer, but he and each of the other players are too over-the-top to be taken seriously. There is also an uneven blend of horror and comedy thanks to a bumbling cop and unintentionally humorous scripting. Where the film does succeed is in Tenney's superior filming, filled with stark contrasts in beautiful black and white as well as creepy environments and atmosphere. I'm afraid this one will be a bit too bland for the modern Horror fan, but it has enough murder and mischief to remain entertaining for classic Horror enthusiasts.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 4/10.
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4 comments:

  1. Hmm, I need to see this. I've been halfway avoiding it since it's paired with Horror of Party Beach, but it does sound promising.

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  2. This one isnt bad by any means, just a little over the top where I feel it should have been played much more straight. I actually thought THE HORRORS OF PARTY BEACH was a ton of fun, and that title alone solidified buying the two pack!

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