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THE CRIMSON CULT AKA. Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
Starring Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, and Barbara Steele.
Directed by Vernon Sewell.
The Crimson Cult is a one of a kind movie of which there can be no comparison. Not only does it star three of the greatest actors in the horror genre, but it also possesses an exceptional plot. Long before Nightmare on Elm Street and, even, Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln -- the screenwriters -- wove the classic horror tale in which one is unsure as to whether the events depicted were the products of dream or reality. A young man, Mr. Manning, in search of his missing brother comes to the small town where his brother was last reported to have been. Mr. Manning has come to this town on the wrong night. Three hundred years ago the town burned a witch who placed a curse on the town. He is warned to go away. Nevertheless, he decides to continue his search and stays at the local lodge owned by Lee and Karloff, who plays a professor of the occult. Lee and Karloff relate the historic legend and give him a nightcap. Unbeknownst to him the nightcap is drugged. Now the real fun begins
This is an all-time classic cult horror film with great dialogue
from Lee, Karloff, and Steele, as well as brilliant depictions of hallucinatory
Roger (aka tarantula)