Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968 film)

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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.


  • 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
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Brief Nudity, Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

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

  • Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be 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.


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...."


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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