- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 13 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 23, 2002
- Originally Released: 1968
- Label: Rhino
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus: Full-Motion Menus
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Description by OLDIES.com:
When bodies start turning up with their eyes gouged out, Mathius, a wealthy toy maker, fears someone in his family may have been passed the ancestral curse, a paranoia in which the victim is obsessed by the fear that everyone is looking at him - and must be stopped. He invites his remaining heirs to his family mansion, Moorhenge, to eliminate it once and for all. The family has been making ingenious and deadly toys for centuries, by appointment to kings and maharajas for their amusement when dealing with their enemies. One such toy, a Dancing Sheik, literally dances its victims to death. Toy cannons and knights in shining armor are as deadly as the real thing. Only Mathius knows how to handle the toys, and the secret will die with him. But first he must be certain none of his heirs will pass on the curse. One by one the toys are unleashed and, one by one, the bloodline is destroyed. Who will survive to carry on?
Boris Karloff stars in this Mexican-English horror film as Matthias Morteval, owner of mysterious Morhenge Mansion. When dead bodies begin turning up nearby with their eyes torn out, Matthias is convinced the family curse must have been passed on, and he gathers the heirs to the mansion in an effort to flush out the killer. Lovely Lucy Durant (Julissa) is the heroine, who brings her police inspector fiancÚ (Andres Garcia), along for the ride. Together the lovebirds stalk the gloomy halls of Morhenge, encountering skeletons, taxidermy, weird organ music, and life-size toys that have a habit of coming alive and killing the relatives one by one...
This was one of the last films Karloff made before his death the following year. Director Jack Hill (who would later go on to launch Pam Grier to stardom with FOXY BROWN and COFFY) scripted and shot Karloff's scenes in Los Angeles, and the rest of the movie was completed in Mexico with a different director. The results are uneven, but fascinating, and should intrigue fans of Karloff, and the unusual.
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