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CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR (1968, THE CRIMSON CULT) – Episode 178 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“You both know the rules. No painting below the belt.” Is this a half-bodypainting party? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt and Jeff Mohr along with guest hosts Michael Zatz and Joseph Perry – as they discuss the horror icon-studded Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968) from Tigon.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 178 – Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

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When his brother Peter disappears, Robert Manning visits the remote country house from where his brother was last heard. While his host seems outwardly friendly and his niece more demonstrably so, Manning detects a feeling of menace in the air with the legend of Lavinia Morley, the Black Witch of Greymarsh, hanging over everything.

Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, and Barbara freakin’ Steele all in one groovy pic?! Sign us up! Join Jeff and Chad with returning co-host Joseph Perry and guest host Mikey Z for Curse of the Crimson Altar, aka The Crimson Cult. While horror fans and monster kids may enjoy seeing these great horror stars together, Christopher Lee, unfortunately, regarded the film as one of the worst in his entire career. Ouch. Say it isn’t so. Regardless, the Grue-Crew revisits this film, discussing the uncut UK version versus the US AIP cut version, the actors and crew… and – did we mention – Barbara Steele.

At the time of this writing, The Curse of the Crimson Altar is available to stream from the Classic Horror Movie Channel, Wicked Horror TV, Tubi, and several PPV options.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Jeff, is Bluebeard (1944), a poverty row picture directed by Edgar G. Ulmer starring John Carradine in what might be his best role.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.