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Hal Sherwood (screenplay) and
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Three married couples are forced to spend the night in a Victorian-era house where they start getting killed off by a deranged psycho who's bent on claiming an inheritence they are all entitled to. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Veronica Radburn ... Martha
Maggie Rogers ... Hattie
Hal Borske ... Colin Trask
Anne Linden ... Vicky
Fib LaBlaque ... Rich (as Fib La Blaque)
Carol Vogel ... Liz

Richard Romanus ... Don (as Richard Romanos)
Eileen Hayes ... Veronica (as Eileen Haves)
Don Williams ... Bill
Hal Sherwood ... Pastor Walter
Neil Flanagan ... Lawyer Dobbs (as Niel Flanagan)
Ada McAllister ... Ada
Robert Adsit ... Robert
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matt Baylor ... The Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Andy Milligan 
Writing credits
Hal Sherwood (screenplay) and
Andy Milligan (screenplay)

Produced by
Jerome-Fredric .... producer
Cinematography by
Andy Milligan (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Andy Milligan  (as Gerald Jackson)
Costume Design by
Andy Milligan  (as Raffine)
Makeup Department
Jerry Rome .... makeup artist
Art Department
James Fox .... settings
Sound Department
Andy Milligan .... sound (as Joi Gogan)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Yale .... lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andy Milligan .... wardrobe supervisor (as Raffine)
Other crew
Matt Baylor .... technical director
Willis Reed .... continuity
Samuel M. Sherman .... titles (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Blood Orgy" - USA (reissue title)
"Blood Rites" -
"Apaisia terata..." - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Espectros" - Mexico (dubbed version)
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81 min | USA:72 min (DVD version)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Horror author Stephen King claims in his book "Danse Macabre" that this film is "the work of morons with cameras".See more »
Revealing mistakes: Director Andy Milligan's voice can be heard saying "cutting away, move" during one of the murder scenes.See more »
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A fine example as to why Andy Milligan is regarded as one of the worst director's of all time, 30 August 2012
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Three sisters travel to their late father's mansion where they are to spend three nights together with their respective husbands, before they are eligible to hear the will (read to them by a man wearing make-up to rival Ramses' from Blood Feast (1963)). Also there are the two housekeepers, Martha (Veronica Radburn) and Ruth (Maggie Rogers), and Martha's deformed and dim-witted son Colin (Hal Borske), who we see murder two people at the beginning of the film. After a night of pompous partying, one of the couples, Veronica (Eileen Hayes) and Bill (Don Williams), find a dead rabbit in their bed (which was previously seen being eaten alive by Colin) with a note attached reading 'blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit."

Directed by exploitation and horror hack Andy Milligan, The Ghastly Ones (titled Blood Rites in the UK and placed on the Video Nasty list) is a fine example as to why he is considered one of the worst directors of all time, commonly placed in the same category of Edward D. Wood, Jr. and Herschell Gordon Lewis. He began his career in small-time off- Broadway production during the 1950's, and his experience in that medium is evident here as, unlike most trashy horror films, the film is almost unbearably wordy, as the main characters have their mundane conversations between the brief moments of gore. Saying that, I would much rather be listening to conversation than watching overlong stalking scenes or disco dancing which was so prevalent as running-time-filler in Grindhouse movies.

However, the movie is a massive bore, and even with the slender running- time of 70 minutes, I checked how long there was remaining at least three or four times. The awful, clunky camera-work, added to the fact that the film stock was so poor I could barely make out faces, gave me a headache. When the moments of inevitable gore come, the film is given a little relief, as the scenes of pitch-fork impaling and disembowelment are so bad it does give the film a little charm. It would work quite nice as a double-bill with the aforementioned Blood Feast, as they are both short, amateurish, and most notably, s**t.

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