What a Carve Up! (1962)

Article #318 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 1-27-2002
Posting date: 6-13-2002

A man who corrects grammatical errors in horror books discovers that he is one of the heirs to a fortune, and goes to the creepy estate for the reading of the will.

According to the IMDB, Frank King wrote both a play and a novel called The Ghoul; this was based on the novel, while the 1934 movie THE GHOUL was based on the play. I’m somewhat curious as to whether the play and the novel had the same story, because outside of the fact that we have a man who is not really dead in the story, there isn’t a whole lot of similarity between the two movies. For horror fans, we have Dennis Price, Michael Gough, and Donald Pleasence to round out the cast, but despite some nice atmosphere and the odd amusing moment, this comic horror movie just kind of limps along from one scene to the next. My favorite moments are the revelation of what the nurse (Shirley Eaton) receives in the will, and one murder that takes place while two characters are playing the organ (no, not Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, but Chopsticks).

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