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The four masters together at last!
on 13 January 2011
It took until the early 1980's to get Carradine, Cushing,Lee and Price all together in one film, but by now they were all past their prime.
This film is classic british 'horror', I say that because it's more of a whodunnit. The movie starts off well enough with a kean American author taking a bet from his agent that he can write a novel in 24hrs. So the agent lets him stay at a friends old mansion somewhere in rainy Wales. He soon learns that he is not alone though. There are guests a coming. Cue all the greats, who have come to have a roast dinner at their old residence. The American is pretty teed off with this as he needs peace and quiet. The movie is loaded with twists and turns, but most of them unfortunetly seem predictable. The greats give a good performance and quite frankly hold a very thin plot alive. But there are also uncomfortable moments, when it seems that the films makers do not know what to do with so much greatness in one room. Ultimately these fine actors are sadly wasted in a movie such as this. Don't get me wrong each one of them does the best they can with an average film at their disposal. Its a shame that this movie could not be hailed as a classic, since the first 30 mins got off to a strong start. Then its a bit down hill from there. Still any Hammer fan would want this, at this price obviuosly not unless you have the cash to spare.