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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Terror-Creatures From The Grave (1965)

Starring Barbara Steele, Walter Brandi, Marilyn Mitchell, Alfred Rice, Richard Garrett
Directed by Ralph Zucker
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A lawyer visits a scientist's villa to assist him in drawing up a will, only to discover he's been dead a year, and his associates are now dying under mysterious circumstances.

We have here another foray into Italian gothic horror for actress Barbara Steele, that ranks among her best films, although her part is really a supporting role.  A strong mystery story and memorable music score make this film a winner, although it's unfortunate that the filmmakers didn't choose to go all out in depicting the creatures of the title in the film's harrowing climax.  Perhaps in explanation of this, IMDB indicates that the actual director of the film, Massimo Pupillo, took his name off the film, affording the directing credit to Zucker, the film's producer.

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