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.


Directed by: Andy Milligan
© [not given on screen]
Produced by Cinemedia Films
Production Manager: Graham Steane
Written by: 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 (Rev. Algernon Ford)
Jackie Skarvellis (Susan Ford)
Berwick Kaler (Spool)
Susan Heard (Alicia Ford)
Richmond Ross (Paul Donati)
Emma Jones (Candace Ford)
Colin Gordon (Graham Ford)
Judith Heard (Elizabeth)
Felicity Sentance (Jessie)
Susan Clark (Anna Ford)
Victor Parish (cemetery att.)

Alternative Titles

Vampire's Thirst

Extracts included in
Extra Weird (2003)



  • Chopped Meat: British Horror of the 1970s by Darrell Buxton p.unpaginated – note
  • House of Psychotic Women by Kier-La Janisse p. 28
  • 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