The Ghoul (1974)

35mm, photographed in Eastmancolor
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Freddie Francis. It is not related to the 1933 film of the same name.

Plot Summary

Doctor Lawrence, a former priest, live sin a remote mansion with just a gardener and Indian mystic for company. A group of young people, lost in the , stumble on Lawrence's home and his terrible secret – locked in the attic is his cannibalistic son who is soon on the loose…


Directed by: Freddie Francis
© MVMLXXIV Tyburn Film Productions Limited
A Tyburn Film production
Produced by: Kevin Francis
Production Manager: Ron Jackson
Screenplay by: John Elder [real name: Anthony Hinds]
Assistant Director: Peter Saunders
Continuity: Pamela Davies
Director of Photography: John Wilcox
Camera Operator: James Bawden
Gaffer: Harry Woodley
Grip: Reg Hall
Stills Photographer: Douglas Webb
Film Editor: Henry Richardson
Assistant Film Editor: Roy Helmrich
Processed by: Rank Film Laboratories
Music Composed by: Harry Robinson
Music Supervisor: Philip Martell
Recorded at: Anvil Studios
Sound Recordists: John Brommage, Ken Barker
Sound Editor: Roy Baker
Assistant Sound Editor: Berverley Collings
Costumes Designed by: Anthony Mendleson
Executed by: Bermans & Nathans of London
Wardrobe Supervisor: Bridget Sellers
Make-up: Jimmy Evans
Hairstylist: Joan Carpenter
Make-up Created by: Roy Ashton
Process Photography: Charles Staffell
Art Director: Jack Shampan
Assistant: Peter Williams
Properties: Nick Rivers
Production Accountant: David Ball
Production Assistant: Caroline Langley
Assistant to Kevin Francis: Lorraine Fennell
Choreographer: Johnny Greenland
Made on location and at Pinewood Studios, London, England

Peter Cushing (Doctor Lawrence)
John Hurt (Tom Rawlings)
Alexandra Bastedo (Angela)
Gwen Watford (Ayah)
Veronica Carlson (Daphne [Welles Hunter])
Stewart Bevan (Billy)
Ian McCulloch (Geoffrey)
John D. Collins (young man)
Dan Meaden (police sergeant)
Don Henderson as the ghoul

Alternative Titles

O Carniçal – Brazilian title
O Daimonas – Greek title
Der Ghul – West German title
O Monstro do Pântano – Portuguese title
Night of the Ghoul – US DVD title
The Thing in the Attic



  • CinemaTV Today no.10065 (12 January 1974) p.10 – note (Production in brief)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10066 (19 January 1974) p.6 – note (News in brief)
  • Cinema TV Today no.10073 (9 March 1974) p.8 – credits
  • CinemaTV Today no.10076 (30 March 1974) pp.10-11
  • CinemaTV Today no.10137 (7 June 1975) p.14 – illustrated article (The stars turn out for a night of horror…)
  • Films Illustrated vol.4 no.47 (July 1975) p.411
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.22 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.230 no.29 (15 March 1974) p.17 – credits
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.42 no.498 (July 1975) p.155 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Radio Times vol.242 no.3147 (3 March 1984) p.14
  • Radio Times 11-17 June 1988 p.82 – credits
  • Variety 11 June 1975 p.19


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.292
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.116, 182, 245, 252-53, 260
  • Film Review 1976-1977 by F. Maurice Speed p.168
  • The Films of Freddie Francis by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.7, 139-140, 259-261
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.154 – review, credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.154 – credits
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.319-321 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.130 – credits, review
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.359-365
  • The Straight Story from Moby Dick to Glory by Freddie Francis with Tony Dalton pp.171, 172, 186, 275