Curse of the Undead (1959)


Gunfighters, cowboys and vampires, oh my! There is a strange disease spreading in a small western town. Young girls are withering and slowly dying and the local medicine man, Dr. Carter,  has no cure. When Dr. Carter is found dead in his buggy it is the vicious and greedy neighbour Buffer who is blamed for the murder. And the doctor’s daughter Dolores is out to get him. Unfortunately, there is greater evil lurking on the prairie, a gunfighter named Drake Robey and he doesn’t mind a little bloodshed since he is also a vampire.

It sounds silly. The idea to combine a western and a vampire horror film is quite unusual. But this B movie pulls it of. I liked the references to Hammer’s Dracula and the traditional horror soundtrack. And then there were the classic old west gunfights and land disputes not forgetting a stand-up sheriff. And an independent and brave heroine who also plays the role of damsel in distress. Maybe it’s campy but good entertainment nonetheless.


DVD cover of the Italian release





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