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The Keeper (1976)

R | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 1976 (Canada)
The Keeper of Underwood Asylum has the mental patients of the wealthiest families in British Columbia. The rest of the family members have been dying under mysterious circumstances, so ... See full summary »

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T.Y. Drake

Writers:

David Curnick (based on a story by), Donald Wilson (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... The Keeper
Tell Schreiber Tell Schreiber ... Dick Driver
Sally Drake Sally Drake ... Mae B. Jones (as Sally Gray)
Ross Vezarian Ross Vezarian ... Inspector Clarke
Ian Tracey ... The Kid
Bing Jensen Bing Jensen ... Danny
Jack Leavy Jack Leavy ... The Biggs Twins (as Jack)
Leo Leavy Leo Leavy ... The Biggs Twins
Malcolm Britton Malcolm Britton ... The Homicide Squad
Michael Meade Michael Meade ... The Homicide Squad
Burke Lundy Burke Lundy ... The Homicide Squad
David Engleman David Engleman ... The Inmates
Wendy Who Wendy Who ... The Inmates
Victor Mallia Victor Mallia ... The Inmates
Laura Thaw Laura Thaw ... The Inmates
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Storyline

The Keeper of Underwood Asylum has the mental patients of the wealthiest families in British Columbia. The rest of the family members have been dying under mysterious circumstances, so Biggs hires private investigator Richard Driver, who puts his assistant, Maybelline, in the asylum pretending she is his cousin and that they came from a family where the parents were all first cousins to each other and they decided to keep their love platonic for genetic reasons. Then he tries to get Inspector Clarke to check him in as a narcoleptic who didn't wake up with his body. They all know what the keeper has been doing, but it is a matter of proving it, and avoiding the hypnotized Biggs twins and Danny, who he is able to keep catatonic with his machine. Inspector Clarke gives driver a lot of trouble, and the kid giving shoe shines looks down on everybody, knowing more. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Christopher Lee, master of the macabre, takes you and his patients to the brink of insanity.

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1976 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Folie controlée See more »

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Budget:

CAD 135,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Only For Die Hard Christopher Lee Fans
5 February 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

The Keeper is actually a 1976 film that was never released theatrically. It finally aired for the first time on television in 1985 as a CBS late movie after sitting in a vault for around 9 years.

This is one of the worst movies that Christopher Lee has ever made. I do agree with others that C. Lee agreed to do this film for the money only - he must have needed it.

It's a film that is worth watching only for die-hard Christopher Lee fans, or for those that like to watch rare and awful movies for the sake of it. I don't recommend this film to fans of horror in general though, it's pretty bad. There is a reason this film never made it into theaters and was kept in a vault for all those years.

3/10


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