Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

UK, 1968
89m, 7976 feet
35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Vernon Sewell.

Plot Summary

Robert Manning visits the remote house where his missing brother was last seen and learns of the legend of the Black Witch of Greymarsh, Lavinia Morley. How does the legend tie in with his brother’s disappearance? And is it more than just a legend?


Director: Vernon Sewell
Copyright MCMLXVIII [1968] Tigon British Film Productions Ltd.
Tony Tenser presents. Filmed on location by Tigon. British Film Productions Limited
Executive Producer: Tony Tenser
Producer: Louis M. ‘Deke’ Heyward
Associate Producer: Gerry Levy
Production Manager: Alex Carver-Hill
Screenplay by: Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
From a Story by: Jerry Sohl
Story: The Dreams in the Witch House by H.P. Lovecraft *
Assistant Director: Dennis Lewis
Continuity: Mary Spain
Director of Photography: Johnny Coquillon
Camera Operator: Peter Hendry
Focus Puller: Tony Breeze
Grips: Michael Beauchamp
Editor: Howard Lanning
Editing Assistants: Marion Curren, Jonathan Morris
Processed at: Rank Laboratories, Denham
Music Composed and Conducted by: Peter Knight
Sound Mixer: Kevin Sutton
Dubbing Mixer: Hugh Strain
Dubbing Editor: Dennis Lanning
Costume Designer: Michael Southgate
Make-Up Artists: Pauline Worden, Elizabeth Blatiner
Hairdresser: Ann Fordyce
Art Director: Derek Barrington
Property Master: John Poyner
Construction Manager: Maurice Smith
Production Secretary: Cynthia Palmer
Director of Publicity: Peter Jacques *
Locations: Middlesex, England, UK

Boris Karloff (Professor John Marshe)
Christopher Lee (Morley)
Mark Eden (Robert Manning)
Barbara Steele (Lavinia Morley)
Michael Gough (Elder)
Virginia Wetherell (Eve Morley)
Rosemarie Reede (Esther)
Christine Pryor (party girl)
Michael Warren (chauffeur)
Stephanie Marrion (party girl)
Denys Peek (Peter Manning)
Millicent Scott (stripper at party)
Nita Lorraine (woman with whip)
Tasma Bereton (painted party girl)
Jenny Shaw (2nd virgin)
Lita Scott (girl with cockerel)
Roger Avon (Sergeant Tyson)
Douglas Mitchell (driver in car chase)
Rupert Davies (Vicar Radford)
Derek Tansley (Judge)
Ron Pember (petrol attendant)
Nicholas Head (torture master)
Carol Anne (1st virgin)
Vivienne Carlton (sacrifice victim)
Paul McNeil (party guest)
Kerry Dean, Rosalind Royale (party girls)
Vicky Richards (belly dancer at party)
Terry Raven (driver in car chase)
Nova St. Claire (girl in car chase)

Alternative Titles

The Crimson Altar
The Crimson Cult – US title
Curse of the Crimson Cult
Die Hexe des Grafen Dracula – German TV title
La maison ensorcelĂ©e – French title
Monstret i skräckens hus – Swedish title
The Reincarnation
Schwarze Messe auf blutrotem Altar – German title
Spirit of the Dead
Witch House


The Daily Cinema no.9466 (3 January 1968) p.11 – note (In production)
The Daily Cinema no.9469 (10 January 1968) p.9 – note (In production)
The Daily Cinema no.9490 (28 February 1968) p.15 – note
The Daily Cinema no.9603 (22 November 1968) p.4 – review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
Films and Filming vol.15 no.5 (February 1969) p.48 – credits, review (by Richard Davis)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.210 no.39 (17 April 1970) p.8 – credits, review (by John Goff)
Kine Weekly no.3189 (23 November 1968) p.10 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.36 no.420 (January 1969) p.9 – credits, synopsis, review
Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) pp.34-35 – illustrated article (Curse of the Crimson Altar)

American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.187, 189 – credits, synopsis, review
The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.195
Boris Karloff: A Critical Acount of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.333; 398-399
Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.86
The Films of Christopher Lee by Robert W. Pohle Jr and Douglas C. Hart pp.125-127
Kine & TV Year Book 1970 p.109 – credits
Lurker in the Lobby, The: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik pp.26-27 – illustrated credits, review
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.80 – credits