Curse Of The Crim­son Al­tar

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Five years

be­fore The Wicker Man, Christo­pher Lee starred along­side Boris Karloff in this en­joy­ably clunky cult thriller. An­tiques bore Robert Man­ning ( Mark Eden) vis­its the vil­lage of Grey­marshe. He spends the night at Casa Lee, where he dreams about long- dead lo­cal witch Lavinia ( Bar­bara Steele) and her an­i­mal- masked cult. But are they just dreams? What do you think?

It’s rote stuff, en­livened by the psy­che­delic “dreams” and a lib­eral dash of BDSM chic. An en­ter­tain­ing, if un­re­mark­able, pre­cur­sor to such gen­uinely smart shock­ers as Witchfinder Gen­eral and The Wicker Man.

Com­men­tary by Bar­bara Steele; Mak­ing Of “Cre­at­ing Curse Of The Crim­son Al­tar”; an in­ter­view with Lee. Will Sal­mon

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