The Headless Ghost (1959) | It’s not just the spirits groaning in this haunted castle comedy

The Headless GhostSPOOKS RUN WILD!
While touring Britain, three exchange students Bill (Richard Lyon), Ronnie (David Rose) and Ingrid (Liliane Sottane) visit Ambrose Castle – the 14th-century home of the 12th Earl of Ambrose – which is reputedly haunted by the disembodied spirit of the fourth Earl (Clive Revill) who lost his head leading a rebellion. On the premise of writing a story for his college paper, Ronnie convinces Bill and Ingrid to spend the night in the castle, where they not only encounter the ghost, but also find themselves being tasked with recovering his head…

The Headless Ghost

This undemanding comedy was one of the first films made at the UK’s Merton Park studios by US B-movie maestro Herman Cohen, who would go on to lens such cult favourites as Horrors of the Black Museum and Konga, all featuring the wondeful Michael Gough. But this clunky monochrome feature lacks the colourful camp spirit of those later films and looks extremely dated today. Director Peter Graham Scott later worked on TV’s Danger Man and The Onedin Line, but his best work was helming the 1961 Hammer-produced smuggler’s tale Captain Clegg (aka Night Creatures), starring Peter Cushing. This one’s a ‘maybe miss’ from me.

The Headless Ghost

The new Network Distributing DVD release features a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited cinema aspect ratio, but there are none of the usual extras.

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About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on November 6, 2013, in British Film, Horror, Maybe Miss, Maybe-Miss and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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