The Crimson Cult

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The Crimson Cult (1968, UK) is an Occult-Horror film directed by Vernon Sewell.


Main Details

  • Released in 1968
  • Color
  • Running Time: 89 min | USA: 87 min
  • Production Co: Tigon British Film Productions
  • Distribution Co: American International Pictures (AIP) (1970) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Vernon Sewell
  • Written by Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln, Jerry Sohl and Gerry Levy, based on H.P. Lovecraft's "The Dreams in the Witch House" (uncredited)
  • Starring Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele
  • Produced by Louis M. Heyward, Gerry Levy, Tony Tenser
  • Original Music by Peter Knight
  • Cinematography by John Coquillon
  • Film Editing by Howard Lanning

Plot Summary

  • When his brother disappears, Robert Manning pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. While his host is outwardly welcoming, and his niece more demonstrably so, Manning detects a feeling of menace in the air with the legend of Lavinia Morley, Black Witch of Greymarsh, hanging over everything.

Also Known As

  • Curse of the Crimson Altar (UK) (original title)
  • Der Fluch der Hexe (Germany) (TV title)
  • Die Hexe des Grafen Dracula (Germany) (DVD title)
  • La maison ensorcelée (France)
  • Le messe nere (Italy)
  • Black Horror - Le Messe Nere (Italy)
  • O pyrgos tou tromou (Greece) (video title)
  • Oi vrykolakes stinoun horo (Greece)
  • Schwarze Messe auf blutrotem Altar (Germany)
  • The Crimson Altar (USA) (poster title)
  • To spiti tou tromou (Greece) (reissue title)


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