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Curse of the Undead (1959)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Romance | May 1959 (USA)
B-grade western with a twist: mysterious gunslinger-for-hire Drake Robey is really a vampire, and it's up to Preacher Dan to save the town and girlfriend Dolores Carter.

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Edward Dein
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eric Fleming ... Preacher Dan
Michael Pate ... Drake Robey
Kathleen Crowley ... Dolores Carter
John Hoyt ... Dr. Carter
Bruce Gordon ... Buffer
Edward Binns ... Sheriff
Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy ... Tim Carter
Helen Kleeb ... Dora
Jay Adler ... Bartender
Eddie Parker ... Henchman (as Edwin Parker)
John Truax John Truax ... Henchman
Frankie Van Frankie Van ... Henchman
Rush Williams ... Henchman
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The cinema's first vampire Western! Young women in a small Western town are dying one by one of an unknown malady involving massive blood loss. The Carter family's ranch is being terrorized by ruthless land baron Buffer. And a mysterious black-clad gunfighter with an aversion to sunlight has just arrived in town. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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HIS BODY IS AN EMPTY SHELL THAT HOSTS A LUSTFUL FIEND! (original half-sheet poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of the West See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dr. John Carter: You know I can't figure it, I didn't think Dora would last the night.
Preacher Dan Young: I'd like to think my prayers helped some.
Dr. John Carter: Well I know for sure it wasn't my medicine, Fuller girl died an hour ago. I poured over every medical book I could get my hands on, I can't find a thing about an epidemic effecting only young girls. If I were supersticous I'd say it was more like a curse. Well, at the expense of my medical pride, I have to admit it was your medicine that did the trick, her pulse is normal, she's ...
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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Curse of the Undead (1959) (1982) See more »

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A logical role for a vampire in the old west.
28 February 2004 | by features1See all my reviews

I was just a kid when I saw this so, my memory could be shading my judgment. However, after viewing some of the "Highlander" TV series, this western is along the lines of a tale told in flashback about an immortal who lived through the time of the old west. In the case of this film, the immortal happens to be a vampire. What a great gig for a vampire--be THE best gunslinger in the west. Even if you are a slow draw, you can never lose.

I also was impressed with the use of a preacher as the protagonist. I remember a very positive portrayal. I haven't too much a memory about the acting, though. A good gage would be to conjure up memories of the lead actor when he played Gil Favor the trail boss on TV's "Rawhide."


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