Curse of the Undead

1959

Drama / Horror / Romance

4
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 44%
IMDb Rating 6 10 1013

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Cast

Henry Darrow as Roberto Robles
John Hoyt as Dr. Carter
Amzie Strickland as Frank's Wife
Kathleen Crowley as Dolores Carter
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728.17 MB
1280*682
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 19 min
P/S 0 / 5
1.32 GB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 19 min
P/S 2 / 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by angelynx 8 / 10

Classy little chiller

I've always liked this movie: it takes a theme that could easily have been preposterous (a vampire Western?) and handles it with restraint, dignity, a nice feel for its two respective folklores, and deep, handsome B&W photography. It's an easy step from natural to supernatural for that classic Western icon, the mysterious, black-clad gunslinger who rides into town by night, and the rest of the movie is just as comfortable a blend. The laconic vampire, Drake Robey ("The dead don't bother me, ma'am, it's the living that give me trouble") is a noble monster who first preys on, then falls for the feisty rancher heroine, and there's a neat iconic scene involving a bullet mounted with Preacher Dan's precious fragment of the True Cross. Really a classy little movie and most unfairly overlooked - I can't believe this is the first comment on it!

Reviewed by domino1003 8 / 10

Interesting Vampire Mythology

"Curse Of The Undead" was released in a very interesting period in horror history. Hammer was on the verge of creating new horror and Universal was trying to stay in the game. Since westerns were popular at this time, the powers-that-be decided to give the western a twist: make the bad guy a REAL bad guy. Meet Drake Robey (Michael Pate), a gunslinger in black. Since his arrival, there has been some mysterious deaths involving young girls. Dr. Carter(John Hoyt)tells the local minister, Dan Young (Eric Fleming) about his suspicions, including the marks on the neck. Soon, the good doctor winds up dead. Thinking that the local bully/Land Baron Buffer (Bruce Gordon)was responsible, the doctor's hot headed son Tim (Jim Murphy)tries to kill Buffer, but ends up dead. Soon, Dolores (Kathleen Crowley)is putting up signs for a gun-for-hire to finish off Buffer. Robey comes into the picture and has more than a friendly interest in Dolores, and Dan begins to suspect Robey's involvement in the deaths in town.

What's interesting about this film, other than one of the first blends of westerns and vampires (It would be years before "Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula.").,is the use of a little known vampire myth. According to myth, a person can become a vampire if they've committed suicide. When Dan finds the diary of Robey's father, he finds out that Robey killed his own brother and himself out of grief, thereby cursing him into an undead existence.

The ending is just as interesting: Robey challenges the preacher to a gunfight. Since vampires are impervious to bullets, you have a feeling who is going to win. In a typical twist, good triumphs over evil.

Great Saturday Afternoon fare. Safe for the kids and nostalgic for adults.

Reviewed by ronevickers 7 / 10

Unusual mix of western/vampire movie.

Whilst no one could lay claim to this film being a classic, it is unusual and entertaining enough to warrant viewing, and deserves credit for being different to the norm. Obviously shot on a very limited budget, it is nevertheless smartly scripted, and has a dark and brooding atmosphere which is helped enormously by the black and white photography. Whilst some of the acting is not exactly top-drawer, the film benefits greatly from an excellent performance by Michael Pate, whose menacing presence as the vampire, Drake Robey, still manages to elicit a certain degree of sympathy with the character's plight. It would also be unfair to overlook Eric Fleming's earnest portrayal of the brave preacher. He brings the correct degree of upright integrity to the character, and the film is certainly better for having these two actors in tow. This rarely seen film is worth catching, and is very much novel of its kind.

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