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L'uomo senza corpo

(Curse of the Undead)

1959, regia di Edward Dein



Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: Universal International Pictures - Distribuzione: Universal Pictures, MCA/Universal Home Video - Soggetto: Edward Dein, Mildred Dein - Sceneggiatura: Edward Dein, Mildred Dein - Fotografia: Ellis W. Carter - Montaggio: George A. Gittens - Art Director: Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen - Costumi: Bill Thomas - Musiche: Irving Gertz - Formato: B.N. - Durata: 79'.

Cast: Eric Fleming, Michael Pate, Kathleen Crowley, John Hoyt, Bruce Gordon, Edward Binns, Jimmy Murphy, Helen Kleeb, Jay Adler, John Truax, Frankie Van, Rush Williams, Eddie Parker.




Trama e commenti: - - - - - «Alcune persone muoiono in maniera alquanto sospetta in una cittadina del West. La figlia di una delle vittime, fidanzata del pastore, offre un compenso per chi trova il responsabile. Si scopre così una specie di vampiro, morto suicida dopo aver ucciso il fratello. Entra in scena il pastore che riesce a eliminarlo con una pallottola su cui è stata incisa una croce d'argento. Modesto horror gotico in un'insolita ambientazione western scritto da E. e Mildred Dein».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - - - - - - - - «When a woman's father and brother die, she holds the unscrupulous rancher next door responsible, and hires a killer to deal with him. She is not aware that the killer she has hired is a vampire. This may be the most successful merging of the western and horror genres, a combination that is uneasy at best. The problem with this mixing of genres is that both types of movies have their own sets of myths, and they don't mix easily; for one thing, the western feels most at home in full daylight (at least it seems so to me), while horror movies thrive at night. Making the vampire a hired gun is one of the best ideas in the movie; this would be an ideal profession for a vampire who is immune to normal bullets, and consequently he doesn't require a fast draw to be effective. For the most part, the movie effectively walks that thin line of being both a western and a horror movie, and though some may scoff at the very concept, it's certainly better than Billy the Kid vs. Dracula. There are a few problems: the music in the soundtrack could use a bit more subtlety, and some of the acting early on is hysterical, but I think it comes across well enough despite a certain uneasiness to the proceedings.» (Dave Sindelar).

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Conosciuto anche con i titoli: Mark of the West; Mark of the Beast; Dans les griffes du vampire; La maldición del zombie; Le tueur invincible; Affairs of a Vampire; Maldicion diabolica.




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