The Ghoul (1975) - Horror, Thriller

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A former Priest named Dr. Lawrence harbors a dark and horrible secret in his attic. The locked room serves as a prison cell for his crazed, cannibalistic adult son, who acquired his savage ... See full summary »

IMDB: 4.8
Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Peter Cushing, John Hurt
Length: 88 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 10 out of 33 found boring (30.3%)

One-line Reviews (21)

Overall, THE GHOUL is an immensely enjoyable film.

Creepy and Suspenseful .

I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase the movie, but if you find it at a flea market for a couple of bucks it is worth watching.

After several tedious scenes where we learn Lawrence lost his wife and son in India(including some very racist dialog), well, nothing happens.

The story is drearily predictable and stupid; the shocks are infrequent and ineffective; the gore is funny rather than frightening; the solution to the mystery is laughable.

The movie is worth watching if you like horror.

A stylish but ultimately pointless exercise in bleakness .

Although often choppy with subplots that go nowhere, The Ghoul is still entertaining to watch on a slow weekend late night, for anything with Peter Cushing in it deserves at least one viewing.

It never seems to receive rave reviews, even in these days of re-appraisal, and yet I find it thoroughly enjoyable.

The plot is repetitive and features a lot of clichés and stereotypes, several long parts of the film are dreadfully slow-moving and boring and – most of all – it's very low on shocks & bloodshed.

How slow can blood-letting be??.

We get to see an exciting car race, Veronica Carlson is great to watch and listen to, the misty setting provides a great atmospheric backdrop, there's a very creepy vibe in the scenes where the ghoul appears or is about to appear and there's never a dull moment.

At a party, two bored men challenge each other to a car race to Land's End.

Ghoul begins at a roaring 1920's party where four bored guests decide to go drag racing and wind up at a strange mansion in the forest where a former priest (Cushing) resides with his creepy Indian housekeeper (brilliantly portrayed by Gwen Watford), and sadistic groundskeeper (a very early role by John Hurt).

At least how they end up in the perilous mansion is ingenious, as two rich and bored couples challenge each other to a car race through largely unknown areas of the British countryside.

Filled with ornate woodwork, yawning fireplaces, and staircases that go up, up, and further up, this place is a morbid dream house.

This movie starts slow and stays slow, as bit by bit the rather predictable details of the story are revealed.

I am,nevertheless a sucker for this kind of thing,the more clichéed the better,and despite the irritating elements,I still found the film well-paced and very entertaining.

Freddie Francis directs it all rather morosely, struggling to do anything with the derivative script and boring situations.

The music by Harry Robinson is dull too, and the whole enterprise has an uninvolving, uninspired gloom hanging over it.

Aside from this, the plot stumbles along with yawning gaps of pointless dialogue and actionless scenes, until the Ghoul is revealed at the end.