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France, 18th century. Lieutenant Andre Duvalier (Jack Nicholson) has been accidentally separated from his regiment. He is wandering near the coast when he sees a young woman (Sandra Knight) and asks her for directions to Coldon, where he hopes to rejoin his regiment. But the woman doesn't answer, doesn't even greet him and walks away. Eventually she takes him towards the sea, where she disappears in rough water. Andre loses consciousness while trying to follow her, and is attacked by a bird and awakes in a house where an old woman (Dorothy Neumann) claims never to have seen the woman. After he leaves, he sees the woman again, and while trying to follow her, is saved by a man from certain death. Andre learns that in order to help the girl, he must go to castle of Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff), and when he arrives, Andre sees the woman looking out of a window. However, Baron Von Leppe is old and seems reluctant to let Andre in. He claims there's no woman in the castle, but shows Andre...Written by
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The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove closeup shots of a bleeding face after the bird attack and a shot of a woman's rotting face during the climax. All later releases are uncut. See more »
In one of Roger Corman's many movies about dead people who don't seem to want to stay dead, Lt. Andre Duvalier (a very young Jack Nicholson) meets a young woman (Sandra Knight, Nicholson's wife at the time) along the beach and follows her to a castle inhabited by elderly Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff). Von Leppe's deceased wife looked exactly like the woman on the beach. Sure enough, there's a deadly secret behind all this...something that threatens to destroy everyone.
Obviously, this movie's sure to be a treat for any fan of early '60s camp. But specifically, this stars Karloff and Nicholson, plus Sandra Knight and frequent Corman cast member Dick Miller* as Karloff's servant. It's sort of weird - but neat - seeing Miller's husky face and hearing his New York accent in a Gothic tale. A pretty cool movie.
*More recently, Dick Miller has appeared in every one of Joe Dante's movies. No doubt Dante grew up watching Corman's movies and decided to cast Miller in his own movies.
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