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''Curse of the Crimson Altar'', AKA ''The Crimson Cult'' and ''Black Horror''
  
 
==Summary==
 
==Summary==
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* Release Date:  1968
 
* Release Date:  1968
 
* Country/Language:  UK, English
 
* Country/Language:  UK, English
* Genres/Technical:  Horror (folk horror), Fantasy
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* Genres/Technical:  Horror ([[Folk Horror]]), Fantasy
 
* Runtime:  1 hr 29 min
 
* Runtime:  1 hr 29 min
 
* Starring:  [[Christopher Lee]], [[Boris Karloff]], [[Barbara Steele]]
 
* Starring:  [[Christopher Lee]], [[Boris Karloff]], [[Barbara Steele]]
 
* Director:  Vernon Sewell
 
* Director:  Vernon Sewell
 
* Writer:  Henry Lincoln
 
* Writer:  Henry Lincoln
* Producer/Production Co:  Louis M. Heyward, Tony Tenser
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* Producer/Production Co:  Louis M. Heyward, Tony Tenser, Tigon British Film Productions, American International Pictures (AIP)
 
* View Trailer: ([https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk3GhToRc44 link])
 
* View Trailer: ([https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk3GhToRc44 link])
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* TVTropes: ([https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/CurseOfTheCrimsonAltar link])
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* IMDB: ([https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062833/ link])
  
  
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===Tentacle Ratings===
 
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A rough [[Tentacle Ratings|measure]] of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
 
A rough [[Tentacle Ratings|measure]] of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
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Loosely based on Lovecraft's "[[The Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)]]", but with all the Lovecraftian serial numbers filed off, and all the usual suspects added in (romantic subplot, exploitation material in the form of scantily-clad witches and a green Nyarlathotep in bondage gear, a house burning down at the end, etc.)
 
Loosely based on Lovecraft's "[[The Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)]]", but with all the Lovecraftian serial numbers filed off, and all the usual suspects added in (romantic subplot, exploitation material in the form of scantily-clad witches and a green Nyarlathotep in bondage gear, a house burning down at the end, etc.)
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Curse of the Crimson Altar, AKA The Crimson Cult and Black Horror

Summary

Loosely based (uncredited) on the short story "The Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)" by H. P. Lovecraft, a man stops at a lodge, where he meets a professor of witchcraft and dreams of a green-faced witch.

Details

  • Release Date: 1968
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror (Folk Horror), Fantasy
  • Runtime: 1 hr 29 min
  • Starring: Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff, Barbara Steele
  • Director: Vernon Sewell
  • Writer: Henry Lincoln
  • Producer/Production Co: Louis M. Heyward, Tony Tenser, Tigon British Film Productions, American International Pictures (AIP)
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Brief Nudity, Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SSs__ (Two and a Half Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; a very loose adaptation)

Loosely based on Lovecraft's "The Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)", but with all the Lovecraftian serial numbers filed off, and all the usual suspects added in (romantic subplot, exploitation material in the form of scantily-clad witches and a green Nyarlathotep in bondage gear, a house burning down at the end, etc.)

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • BadMovieMarathon "Summer of Lovecraft", (link) - "It’s not bad. It’s a piece of derpy, sensationalistic entertainment, with pretty girls and fireworks and people creeping around old houses and kind of a Scooby-Doo plot twist. It is very, very loosely connected to "The Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)". There is definitely a witch house, and a dude definitely has some dreams there, but other than that it's a stock Gothic...."


Synopsis

Robert Manning searches for his brother, who was last known to have visited the remote house of Craxted Lodge at Greymarsh. Arriving at night, he finds a party is in progress, and he is invited to stay by Eve, the niece of the owner of the house. His sleep is restless and strange dreams of ritual sacrifice disturb him. Enquiring about his brother, he is assured by the house owner, Morley, that the man is not there. Manning’s suspicions are aroused by nightmarish hallucinations. Occult expert Professor Marshe informs Manning about a witchcraft cult led by Morley's ancestor, Lavinia. The cult is discovered to still be active. Craxted Lodge is burned to the ground, and the head of the cult is consumed in the flames.


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