Curse of the Crimson Altar

Curse of the Crimson Altar
Curse of the Crimson Altar

Curse of the Crimson Altar
Directed by Vernon Sewell
Produced by Lewis M. Heyward
Written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln (screenplay)
Starring Christopher Lee
Boris Karloff
Mark Eden
Cinematography John Coquillon
Editing by Howard Lanning
Distributed by AIP
Release date(s) 1968 (UK)
April 15, 1970 (USA)
Running time 89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Curse of the Crimson Altar is a 1968 British horror film directed by Vernon Sewell and starring Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff, Barbara Steele and Mark Eden. The film was produced by Lewis M. Heyward for Tigon British Film Productions. The film was released as The Crimson Cult in the United States. The story is based (uncredited) on the book Dreams in the Witch House by H. P. Lovecraft. The house in the film is Grim's Dyke House in Harrow Weald, Middlesex, England, the allegedly haunted former home of William S. Gilbert.

Plot synopsis

Robert Manning (Mark Eden) goes in search of 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 the niece of the owner of the house, Eve (Virginia Wetherell). But his sleep is restless and strange dreams of ritual sacrifice disturb him. Enquiring about his brother, he is assured by the house owner Morley (Christopher Lee) that the man is not here. But Manning’s suspicions are aroused further by his nightmarish hallucinations. When Manning learns from occult expert Professor Marshe (Boris Karloff) of a witchcraft cult based around the ancestral Lavinia Morley, the cult, headed by Morley himself, is uncovered. Craxted Lodge is burned to the ground, with Morley being consumed in the flames.


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