Inn of the Damned

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Inn of the Damned
Inn of the Damned poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Terry Bourke
Produced by Terry Bourke
Rod Hay
Written by Terry Bourke
Starring Judith Anderson
Alex Cord
Michael Craig
Joseph Furst
Tony Bonner
Music by Bob Young
Cinematography Brian Probyn
Edited by Rod Hay
Production
company
Terryrod Productions
Distributed by Roadshow Entertainment
Release date
13 November 1975 (Australia)
Running time
118 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget AU$417,000[1]
Box office AU$178,000 (Australia)[2]

Inn of the Damned is a 1975 Australian horror film, directed by Terry Bourke.

Plot[edit]

In 1896, a crazed woman and her husband run an inn in eastern Victoria and take revenge for the deaths of their children years before. A bounty hunter arrives to investigate the mysterious deaths of many people and puts an end to the killing.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Like Bourke's previous feature, Night of Fear, the movie was originally a one-hour script intended for a projected TV series, Fright.

It was filmed in the Mangrove Mountain region of the NSW Central Coast and at Artransa Studios in Sydney. Filming began in November 1973 and took nine weeks but the film was not released until late in 1975. Shooting was marred by disputes between the producers and its principal investor, Australian Film Development Corporation.[3] At the time it was the most expensive local movie made in Australia.[1]

Release[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

AllMovie called it "more odd than good", and "best viewed as a curiosity."[4] DVD Verdict wrote, "as curiosities go, this Australian horror western (?) from the early '70s definitely deserves some attention."[5]

Home video[edit]

The film was released on DVD alongside 1972 Australian horror film Night of Fear (also directed by Bourke) by Umbrella Entertainment on 16 March 2005.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p263
  2. ^ Australian Films at the Box Office - Report to Film Victoria Archived 9 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 5 October 2012
  3. ^ Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, p 295
  4. ^ Guarisco, Donald. "Inn of the Damned (1974) - Review - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Gibron, Bill (1 May 2009). "DVD Verdict Review - The Drive-In Cheezy Movie Collection". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Umbrella Entertainment - INN OF THE DAMNED/NIGHT OF FEAR (Double Feature)". umbrellaent.com. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 

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