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“Well, it can’t be Human, can it? It feeds on Human flesh!” Apparently, they hadn’t heard of cannibals? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out The Ghoul(1975), a film with many ties to Hammer, yet, not a Hammer film.
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 182 – The Ghoul (1975)
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A former Priest named Dr. Lawrence harbors a dark and horrible secret in his attic. The locked room serves as a prison cell for his crazed, cannibalistic adult son, who acquired his savage tastes in India during his father’s missionary work there. Lawrence fears that his son will escape to prey upon the effete guests at his rural English estate during a cross-country auto race.
- Director: Freddie Francis
- Writer: Anthony Hinds (as John Elder)
- Producer: Kevin Francis
- Selected cast:
- Peter Cushing as Doctor Lawrence
- John Hurt as Tom Rawlings
- Alexandra Bastedo as Angela
- Veronica Carlson as Daphne Wells Hunter
- Gwen Watford as Ayah
- Don Henderson as The Ghoul
- Ian McCulloch as Geoffrey
- Stewart Bevan as Billy
- John D. Collins as “Young Man”
- Dan Meaden as Police Sergeant
You all remember Tyburn Films Productions Ltd., right? Wait, maybe not… With only just over a handful of films, this British company quietly began in 1973 with Tales that Witness Madness (uncredited), and, in 1975, they churned out a pair of gothic horror films that look very much like Hammer, Amicus, or even Tigon. Directed by the legendary Freddie Francis and featuring Peter Cushing, John Hurt, and Veronica Carlson, The Ghoul (1975) is one of these two creature features. The other is Legend of the Werewolf (1975). Join the Grue-Crew as they determine how well this film stands up to its contemporaries.
At the time of this writing, The Ghoul is available to stream from Tubi.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule, chosen by Chad, will be Pigs! (1973, aka Daddy’s Deadly Darling), the film with a thousand titles. Well, almost.
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