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 My Turn to Ask For Help 
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 My Turn to Ask For Help
I've been holding back asking for help finding this movie simply because I literally only have a few vague images that I remember. But I've been searching for years online for any scrap of information, with only a few keywords to go by with no luck....so here goes:

1. It's a horror movie in color.
2. I saw it on TV some time in the early to mid 70's.
3. Could have been a TV movie-- kind of in the Kolchak: Night Stalker vein.
4. No idea who starred in it.
5. No idea of the plot
6. May have been a period piece set in the 30's or 40's

Here are the few images I remember:

The hero comes upon a corpse in a casket in a funeral home.
The corpse speaks to him in a disembodied voice
Corpse get up and attacks him
Hero shoots several times at it (I don't know what happens next)
Something about markings or a tattoo on the hand that people have, which I believe means they are part of a cult or something.
Hero talks to an older man who's a doorman or usher or perhaps a policeman. After hero leaves, the camera zooms to the doorman's hand showing a tattoo meaning he's part of the cult.

That's everything I remember


Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:00 pm
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 Re: My Turn to Ask For Help
Holy mysteries Batman! I'm drawing a blank. There's enough clues there though that I have hope that someone might be able to figure this one out. I know what it's like to have a long-time mystery movie that you want to figure out the identity of. So far every one that I've asked about here has been answered (some by you Beastball). I hope the same happens for you! Good luck!

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mmmmm interesting. this isn't the crimson cult is it?

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Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:08 pm
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 Re: My Turn to Ask For Help
I checked IMDB for "The Crimson Cult", but none of it sounded familiar with what I remembered. Of course, I'd have to see the movie to be sure.


Sat Sep 04, 2010 6:19 pm
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 Re: My Turn to Ask For Help
this is a tough one...

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Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:43 am
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 Re: My Turn to Ask For Help
I FOUND IT!! I FINALLY FOUND IT!

It wasn't easy and took alot of trial and error, but the movie is called The Dead Don't Die. It's a TV movie from 1975 and stars George Hamilton and Ray Milland. Here's how I found it:
Since I still had no title or stars to go by, I tried just searching for ANY TV movie from the '70s. As luck would have it, someone on ioffer.com (a site very similar to eBay) had a listing for dozens of made-for-TV horror movies from the '70s. I now had plenty of titles to search, but had no idea which one, so I started with the first one and worked my way down. Here is the list he has:

FEAR NO EVIL

RITUAL OF EVIL

DAUGHTER OF THE MIND

SOLE SURVIVOR

NIGHT SLAVES

THE OLD MAN WHO CRIED WOLF

THE HOUSE THAT WOULD NOT DIE

CROWHAVEN FARM

THE STEPFORD CHILDREN

REVENGE OF THE STEPFORD WIVES

THE LAST BRIDE OF SALEM

ALIEN LOVE

DR COOK'S GARDEN

VANISHED

THE DEADLY DREAM

5 DESPERATE WOMEN

SWEET SWEET RACHEL

THE FACE OF FEAR

A TASTE OF EVIL

BLACK NOON

A HOWLING IN THE WOODS

REVENGE

PAPER MAN

DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

THE FAILING OF RAYMOND

THE DEVIL AND MISS SARAH

THE PEOPLE

SHE WAITS

THE SCREAMING WOMAN

WHEN MICHAEL CALLS

THE EYES OF CHARLES SAND

THE LONGEST NIGHT

THE WOMAN HUNTER

HAUNTS OF THE VERY RICH

NIGHT OF TERROR

MOON OF THE WOLF

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

A COLD NIGHT'S DEATH

HORROR AT 37,000 FEET

YOU'LL NEVER SEE ME AGAIN

TERROR ON THE BEACH

DYING ROOM ONLY

SHE CRIED MURDER

ISN'T IT SHOCKING?

TRAPPED

SCREAM PRETTY PEGGY

MANEATER

THE CAT CREATURE

NIGHTMARE

WHO IS THE BLACK DAHLIA?

PRAY FOR THE WILDCATS

CAN ELLEN BE SAVED?

THE PHANTOM OF HOLLYWOOD

HITCHIKE!

KILLER BEES

STRANGE AND DEADLY OCCURENCE

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF FLIGHT 412

THE STARNGER WITHIN

LOCUSTS

BAD RONALD

DEATH CRUISE

ALL THE KIND STRANGERS

PANIC ON THE 5:22

REFLECTIONS OF MURDER

A LITTLE GAME

THE MISSING ARE DEADLY

THE DEAD DON'T DIE

SATAN'S TRIANGLE

DEATH STALK

DEATH SCREAM

THE DEADLY TOWER

THE NIGHT THAT PANICKED AMERICA

CONSPIRACY OF TERROR

DEATH AT LOVE HOUSE

LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED TO ROSEMARY'S BABY

THE NEON CEILING

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER (super rare UK TV-Movie)

NIGHTMARE IN BADHAM COUNTY

REVENGE FOR A ****

SAVAGE BEES

NIGHT TERROR

THE STRANGE POSSESSION OF MRS OLIVER

SNOWBEAST

THE POSSESSED

SPECTRE

THIS HOUSE POSSESSED

GOOD AGAINST EVIL

NIGHT CRIES

THE BERMUDA DEPTHS

CRUISE INTO TERROR

THE INITIATION OF SARAH

THE GHOST OF FLIGHT 401

MANEATERS ARE LOOSE

THE BEASTS ARE ON THE STREETS

DEATH MOON

DR. STRANGE

TERROR OUT OF THE SKY

ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE?

NO PLACE TO HIDE

DEADLY MESSAGE

MURDAER BY NATURAL CAUSES

THE DARKER SIDE OF TERROR

A VACATION IN HELL

DEATH CAR ON THE FREEWAY

11TH VICTIM

SHE'S DRESSED TO KILL

THE BABYSITTER

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

A GUN IN THE HOUSE

MIDNIGHT OFFERINGS

KILLJOY

VIOLATION OF SARAH MCDAVID

DON'T GO TO SLEEP

JANE DOE

THE DEMON MURDER CASE

A KILLER IN THE FAMILY

TRACKDOWN: FINDING THE GOODBAR KILLER

DEADLY LESSONS

STARFLIGHT- THE PLANE THAT COULDN'T LAND

HEATWAVE

THE ELEVATOR

THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (Part 1 of the long miniseries) from early 80's

THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (Part 2 of the long complete miniseries--you need both dvds) 80's

COME DIE WITH ME

IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

THE LOVE WAR

GO ASK ALICE

HARD FRAME

DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME

As you can see, it was listed pretty far down, but I was determined to find it. I found a writeup for it on this website:

Cosmic Hex

http://www.cosmichex.com/category.php?c=horror

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As you can see, the little bit I remembered was pretty accurate (the parts about it being set in the '30s and the tattoos on the hand). They have reviews for all the classic made-for-TV horror movies from the '70s--great site!

Now that I know what it is, I found it on eBay as well. It was released in VHS format only, but I found someone who burned it onto a disc on sale for $5! --It's on its way--!

Here's what the VHS cover looks like:
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--I can't tell you what a relief it is to finally find this movie, that has been bugging me for 35 years!


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 Re: My Turn to Ask For Help
wow glad you found it!

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Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:27 pm
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 Re: My Turn to Ask For Help
I can't wait to see it--if just to see the parts I remembered!


Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:35 pm
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 Re: My Turn to Ask For Help
Congratulations Beastball! Glad you were able to solve the mystery for yourself. It's always cool to be able to put a decades-old personal mystery like that to bed. I've been lucky enough to have had all of my Movie Help questions answered here by others so far.

Thanks for detailing the search process. That was very interesting. It can take some real detective work sometimes, but it's all worth it when you finally know what that movie was that you've been thinking about for years (and to confirm that your memory wasn't faulty too!). I just discovered ioffer myself over the summer when I was looking for "In Search of...). Lots of interesting stuff there. I believe I even perused the TV movies of the seller you mentioned above (or at least someone who was offering pretty much the same thing--seems like lots of people have the same stuff there).

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 Re: My Turn to Ask For Help
has anyone sold anything on ioffer? got some stuff to sell and i heard selling on ebay isn't as good as it used to be.

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 Re: My Turn to Ask For Help
I haven't sold anything on either, but probably should start. I've heard that eBay's getting less user-friendly and more expensive to use too. Don't really know anything about how ioffer works. There's always craigslist too. Pluses include no fees of any kind. Minuses include having to set up a place to meet with strangers to sell/buy stuff. I've bought and sold a couple things on craigslist and have been happy with it.

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I haven't sold anything on ioffer either, but it may be worth a try-- though there are trade-offs when comparing ioffer to eBay:
While ioffer may have lower fees and be more seller-friendly, eBay still attracts the most buyers by a wide margin, so you might have a better chance of selling something on eBay.


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 Re: My Turn to Ask For Help
I returned to eBay selling after a long absence several months ago, and was surprised how easy (and relatively cheap) it was. They were having a free listing offer at the time, where it didn't cost you anything to list items in certain (fairly popular) categories. Wound up making over $100 on a bunch of sealed 1989/1990 **** TRACY and BATMAN movie items that I'd hoarded in anticipation of their eventual skyrocketing in value (ahem).

I used Craigslist to unload a bunch of stuff a year or so ago, and was able to get rid of a few things. The upside was that I didn't have to ship anything (the buyers came to pick them up) and there were no fees. The downside was that not everything sold, and my Craigslistings opened me up to a flood of spam and scam offers. At the time I also used Kijiji (which has since become eBay Classifieds), which I found to be easier to use, prettier to look at, and less scam-inducing than Craigslist.


Oh, and I have a VHS copy of THE DEAD DON'T DIE that I picked up used at a video store sale a few years ago, but still haven't gotten around to watching yet.

If you like old TV-Movies like I like old TV-Movies, you may want to peruse the offerings of the burn-on-demand DVD sites like Warner Archive and the ones for Columbia, MGM, and Universal. The studios are letting a good number of telefilms out via this method, and most look pretty durn good. I've picked up DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, LEGENDS OF THE SUPERHEROES and ZUMA BEACH from Warner Archive so far.



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It was pretty exciting to see that "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" was finally given a legit release. I haven't seen any of the Archive DVDs yet, but they certainly do have some interesting titles that they're releasing. I saw that they even have "The Fish that Saved Pittsburg", which I've been wanting to see since the sixth or seventh grade, and NEVER thought I'd see a legit release of!

Hadn't heard of Bay classifieds before. I'll have to check it out. Yet another options for getting rid of some of the excess stuff that I have and really SHOULD be getting rid of. Thanks Mark.

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