The Body Beneath (1970)

35mm film, colour

An American horror film directed by Andy Milligan.

Plot Summary

A family of moves into Carfax Abbey and try to reverse the damage done to their bloodline by generations of inbreeding. To this end they search out new blood.


Director: Andy Milligan
Cinemedia Films
Production Manager: Graham Steane
Script: Andy Milligan
Lighting: Jim Vale
Editor: Gerald Jackson
Sound: Joi Gogan
Costumes: Raffiné
Settings: James Fox
Technical Director: William Barrel
Locations: England, UK

Gavin Reed (Reverend Alexander Algernon Ford)
Jackie Skarvellis (Susan)
Berwick Kaler (Spool)
Susan Heard (Alicia Ford)
Richmond Ross (Paul)
Emma Jones (Candace)
Colin Gordon (Graham Ford)
Judith Heard (Elizabeth)
Felicity Sentance (Jessie)
Susan Clark (Anna Ford)
Victor Parish (cemetery attendant)

Alternative Titles

Vampire's Thirst

Extracts included in
Extra Weird (2003)


Chopped Meat: British Horror of the 1970s by Darrell Buxton p.unpaginated – note
by Walt Lee p.43 – credits
Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.147; 205 – illustrated review, synopsis; credits