18 June 2024
Terror Creatures from the Grave (1965)
83 min.
Directed by Massimo Pupillo.
With Barbara Steele, Walter Brandi, Alfredo Rizzo, Riccardo Garrone, Marilyn Mitchell, Luciano Pigozzi, Ennio Balbo, Tilde Till.
Originally released as Five Graves for a Medium, this 1965 Italian horror from director Massimo Pupillo (who also shot Bloody Pit of Horror the same year) is one bizarre murder mystery/zombie hybrid.

An attorney (Brandi) journeys to a small village to finalize the will of an eccentric scientist named Hauff.

But once there, he discovers the man has been dead already...for nearly a year!

Meanwhile, a handful of witnesses to Hauff's 'accidental' death begin to die one by one.

Could Hauff's widow Cleo (Steele) or his daughter Corinne (Mitchell) have anything to do with the recent deaths?

Or does the answer somehow lie in Hauff's weird experiments with reanimating the corpses of centuries-old plague victims?

Strange, to say the least, but ultimately watchable thanks to a controlled performance from Steele, an appropriately gothic atmosphere and a good climax.

And Steele's death at the foot of a harp is just too cool for words.

Italian: 5 tombe per un medium.

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