The film starts with Sir Julian Markham(Vincent Price), witnessing his brother Edward's terrible disfigurement at the hands of an African witch doctor. The story then carries on in England, with Sir Julian keeping his now mad, horribly scarred brother locked in a room. However, Edward has other ideas and enlists the help of the Markham's crooked lawyer Trench(Peter Arne, wonderfully slimy) to carry out an elaborate plan of escape. Trench gets some medecine that temporarily renders Edward into a catatonic state. However, he is mistakenly buried alive, only to be exhumed by grave robbers, who take him to the house of unscrupulous Doctor Neuhart(Christopher Lee), who shelters him, on the understanding that Edward will keep quiet about where he gets his cavaders from. Edward then sets out on a trail of revenge, to gain vengeance on those who wronged him
This was another teaming up of director Hessler, star Price, cinematographer Coquillion and scriptwriter Wicking. Its probably the most straight laced of the three, the other two being 'Cry Of The Banshee' and 'Scream And Scream Again', both wildly erratic and very entertaining. This one does seem a bit stodgy and leaden footed in comparison, but give it a chance as it does liven up considerably when Edward starts to go about his murderous work, his face hidden under a crimson mask.
Vincent Price is a little lacklustre as Sir Julian, but he was always better playing evil or unhinged characters anyway. Rupert Davies is wasted in a bit part as an artist, but Peter Arne is excellent as the unctious Trench, and Hilary Dwyer and Sally Geeson also provide good support.
It once again looks great, thanks to Coquillion's cinematography, and it provides some atmospheric moments, if it is a little overlong. Well worth investing a few pounds in. 4 out of 5