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Fluch Der Grünen Augen, Der

AKA's: Blutrausch Der Vampire / Cave Of The Living Dead / Curse Of The Green Eyes, The / Grotte Aux Filles, La / Grotte Der Lebenden Toten, Die / Grotte Des Filles Mortes-Vivantes, La / Kylmät Väreet / Night Of The Vampires / Nuit Des Vampires, La

Release date: 1964 West Germany/Yugoslavia
Running time: 86' (cover 86' / Germany 89') - Source: DVD (RC 1/NTSC) b/w
Rating: Germ.: 18; US: NR
Main Crew: Director: Akos Von Rathonyi (Daffodil Killer 1961; Mrs. Warren's Profession 1960)
Producer: Schneider-Film / Objective / Triglav
Score: Herbert Jarczyk
Writer: Kurt W. Roecken (as C.V. Rock) / Akos Von Rathonyi
Director of photography: Hrvoje Saric


Summary: The police cannot solve the mystery of seven murders, which have alarmed the inhabitants of a small village. They call in Inspector Doren of Interpol (Adrian Hoven of "Mark Of The Devil" and Jesus Franco's "Red Lips" films), but the only clue the town's chief constable can give his young and famous colleague is the fact that each time a murder was committed, the electric lights in the whole neighborhood went out.
The villagers believe that the murders of the young girls are linked to the vague shadows in the caves under the local castle and to the mysterious "Curse of the Green Eyes". They distrust the Inspector and offer no assistance when still another murder takes place in the village inn - in the room next to that of the detective! - and the body disappears. Doren moves to the castle, where Professor Adelsberg (Wolfgang Preiss from "A Bridge Too Far", "The Train", the 1960s "Dr. Mabuse" films) is carrying out some scientific studies. There he hopes to discover the secret of the caves of the living dead and unmask the culprit - but can he save himself and the Professor's pretty assistant, Karin (Karin Feld), before the murderer finds them?
Note: - The film was retitled ("Cave Of The Living Dead") to something more marketable, and re-dubbed by producer Richard Gordon for its release in the United States several years later as part of a double-bill with "Tomb Of Torture".
- The blend of detective story and fantastique - like in Edgar Wallace's fiction - had been very popular in Germany in the 60s. Advertised by its distributors as "the first German horror movie", it was indeed Germany's first post-war vampire film, similar to an Edgar Wallace movie with the supernatural thrown in.

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