The Body Beneath (1970)

The Body Beneath (1970)

Released: 1970
Genre: Genre, Horror
Director: Andy Milligan
Starring: Berwick Kaler, Jackie Skarvellis, Gavin Reed, ,
Run time: 82 min
IMDb: 4.2/10
Country: UK
Views: 160423


One rainy day in London on the edge of Hamstead Heath, there’s a knock at the front door of the Ford family home. Unknown to any of the Ford household, the Reverend Alexander Algernon Ford, is actually the head of a large family of ancient vampires also named Ford, who are on the hunt for fresh blood because of constant intermarriage between the vampires over the centuries has seriously diluted their blood line. The vampire “reverend” has his eyes set on a particular relative, Susan Ford, whom he plans to kidnap. He intends to indoctrinate her into his secret coven and use her as a breeder in order to stay in existence. How will Susan be saved?
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User Reviews: Andy Milligan has firmly established himself in my mind as probably the worst horror director of all time. Despite making decent sexploitation flick ‘Seeds’ in 1968, Milligan has succeeded only in boring me to death with the rest of his crappy oeuvre since then, and this film is certainly no exception. I really don’t understand this director at all; it seems like he’s trying to make some sort of point as his films all have a similar style, but somehow nothing comes out of them but boredom. Take the plot pace of this film as an example; it’s painfully slow and the dialogues are delivered by actors who sound like they’re close to death. Quite how Milligan made this film and didn’t realise how dull it was is anyone’s guess…my only thought on the matter is that perhaps it was the director’s intention to torture his audience? The plot supposedly revolves around vampires but for all I care they could have been clowns, postmen, FBI agents or French maids…it doesn’t really matter. No film made with as little enthusiasm as this is ever going to be interesting, and after seeing five Milligan films; I doubt I’ll be seeing another.

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