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Curse of the Undead (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Romance | May 1959 (USA)
B-grade western with a twist: mysterious gunslinger-for-hire Drake Robey is really a vampire, and it's up to Preacher Dan to save the town and girlfriend Dolores Carter.

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Edward Dein
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eric Fleming ... Dan Young
Michael Pate ... Drake Robey / Don Drago Robles
Kathleen Crowley ... Dolores Carter
John Hoyt ... Dr. John Carter
Bruce Gordon ... Buffer
Edward Binns ... Sheriff
Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy ... Tim Carter
Helen Kleeb ... Dora
Jay Adler ... Bartender - Jake
Eddie Parker ... Henchman (as Edwin Parker)
John Truax John Truax ... Henchman
Frankie Van Frankie Van ... Henchman
Rush Williams ... Henchman
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Storyline

The cinema's first vampire Western! Young women in a small Western town are dying one by one of an unknown malady involving massive blood loss. The Carter family's ranch is being terrorized by ruthless land baron Buffer. And a mysterious black-clad gunfighter with an aversion to sunlight has just arrived in town. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The Mystery Drama of the Old West! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of the West See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Working titles: "Affairs of a Vampire" and "Mark of the West" See more »

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Dr. John Carter: You know I can't figure it, I didn't think Dora would last the night.
Preacher Dan Young: I'd like to think my prayers helped some.
Dr. John Carter: Well I know for sure it wasn't my medicine, Fuller girl died an hour ago. I poured over every medical book I could get my hands on, I can't find a thing about an epidemic effecting only young girls. If I were supersticous I'd say it was more like a curse. Well, at the expense of my medical pride, I have to admit it was your medicine that did the trick, her pulse is normal, she's ...
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Vampire rides the range.....
28 April 2008 | by babeth_jrSee all my reviews

The combining of westerns with horror has not always made for great films. I mean, who can forget "Billy the Kid vs. Dracula" and "Jesse James meets Frankenstein's Daughter". The exception is "Curse of the Undead". This 1959 picture stars Eric Fleming as a frontier preacher who is confronted with a vampire in the form of a hired gun, portrayed with sinister, yet sympathetic overtones by Michael Pate.

The plot has some holes in it. For example, Michael Pate's character commits suicide after murdering his brother, which in turn condemns him for all eternity as a vampire...I mean, I have never heard of this premise for a person becoming one of the "undead". Also, the vampire of this movie can walk around in the daylight with seemingly no ill effects, and everyone knows that vampires absolutely cannot be exposed to sunlight, or they will be destroyed.

Despite these minor flaws, the movie actually has a good story and some good acting by Fleming as the preacher, Pate as the vampire/gunslinger, and Kathleen Crowley as the love interest caught between the two. I highly recommend this movie.


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