The Curse of the Living Corpse


1h 24m 1964

Brief Synopsis

Rufus Sinclair was a cranky old millionaire with a terrible fear of being buried alive. After his apparent death, clauses in his will meant to prevent his being buried alive are violated by his uncaring family, and soon a masked figure begins prowling the family's Connecticut estate, slaughtering the family members one by one in a variety of separate, horrible ways.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Detroit opening: 1 Apr 1964
Production Company
Deal Films
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Tyrannical millionaire Rufus Sinclair is obsessed with a fear of premature burial. In his will, he stipulates that if buried alive, he will return from the grave and murder his heirs in the manner each of them fears most: his wife, Abigail, will die by fire; his sons, Bruce and Philip, will die by disfiguration and suffocation respectively; and Philip's wife, Vivian, will drown. Several days after Rufus' death and burial, his corpse vanishes from its crypt, and the murders begin to occur as predicted; in addition, both the family's maid and servant are killed, and the latter's body is found in Rufus' tomb. The deaths continue until Rufus' nephew, Robert Harrington, confronts the murderer in a quicksand bog and reveals him to be the millionaire's weakling son, who has been trying to obtain the family's wealth for himself.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Detroit opening: 1 Apr 1964
Production Company
Deal Films
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed in Stamford, Connecticut.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1964

Feature debut for Roy Scheider.

Released in United States 1964