Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Ghastly Ones (1968)

3 / 5 Mar '10
Tagline: A Gruesome Orgy Of Human Mutilation!
Directed by: Andy Milligan
Written by: Andy Milligan
Actors include: Veronica Radburn, Maggie Rogers, Hal Borske
Genre: Horror
Length: 72 minutes
Banned: UK

It's weird because this film is extremely cheap feeling and in the spirit of a Herschell Gordon Lewis, it's just Lewis has some special flair and comical element that makes his movies extremely entertaining. Andy Milligan does have his moments for sheer absurdity and attempting some major gore stuff, it's just not nearly as proficient and well his basic filming skills are very lacking. Also considering this film is only 72 minutes and much of it felt like filler well that does say a fair bit doesn't it? This is meant to be a period piece though I would say it only seems that way in parts, the impressive thing is that Milligan apparently made all the costumes as well as writing, directing and producing this flick. It's about a group of siblings and their spouses who are supposed to spend 3 days in an isolated mansion in order to claim their inheritance. It's got a bit of a mystery vibe as we aren't to know who's brutally killing off the guests. The half-wit character who eats live rabbits seems to be my favorite part but I think he's the reason this was deemed a video nasty. This does have some cheaply graphic killings that are pretty funny, but the cheesy nature makes them very easy to watch and I can't imagine much of this movie offending anyone. Still if you like super cheap gore flicks this does have a certain appeal, I sort of enjoyed it in a way I suppose! It's just so ineptly filmed and with such awkward and silly dialogue and pointless ugly nudity that most will want to avoid this.

Availability:  On DVD as part of a 2fer with Seeds Of Sin

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