Compared are the UK Theatrical Version (German DVD by e-m-s) and the Uncut Version (UK Blu-ray by OEG Classic Movies).
Robert Manning is looking for his vanishes brother Peter, last seen on an old English property searching for antiques. Mr. Molley, the master of the residence, claims to never have seen Peter but he also offers Robert could spend the night and organize the search from there. At night, Robert is haunted by mysterious nightmares in which a witch called Lavinia tries to make a pact with him. Robert finds out the witch did exist but she burned at the stake centuries ago. Will he be able to solve the mystery?
At first glance, "Curse of the Crimson Altar" contains a lot of stars. Christopher Lee plays the mysterious master of the residence, Boris Karloff plays an historian and Barbara Steele plays the witch Lavinia with green paint on her body. Furthermore, the story is based on "The Dreams in the Witch House" by H.P. Lovecraft. Believe it or not, five people were working on the screenplay and the result is a double-edged sword. For starters, only cornerstones from Lovecraft's story had been used for the screenplay. The witch house, the nightmares and the sleepwalking or the pact being made. Anything else, such as the search for the vanished brother, were made up.
Also a big mistake is pointing the audience in the direction of the resolution at the very beginning of the movie. Unfortunately, Barbara Steele only occurs every now and then in the nightmare sequences and Mark Eden's performance as Robert Manning is not exactly top-notch either.
So far, many of the available releases were based on the cut UK Theatrical Version. On the Blu-ray by OEG on the other hand, the movie is uncut for the very first time.
German DVD (UK Theatrical Version): 83:23 min
UK Blu-ray: 87:04 min
German DVD (UK Theatrical Version):
Opening Scene in the DVD Bonus Features:
Same Scene on the UK Blu-ray:
The girl on the altar gets whipped by some woman.
BD: 3 sec
Two more whiplashes.
BD: 3 sec
The whipping gets interrupted.
BD: 4 sec