The Curse of the Wraydons (1946)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Horror Comedy  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Based on a play by Maurice Sandoz, The Curse of the Wraydons opens with written narration setting the scene: England at the time when Napoleon was conquering Europe. It also tells the audience that some Englishmen were willing to sell out their country for their own personal gain. The rest of the story involves a Jack Wraydon (a.k.a. "Spring-Heeled Jack," a legendary and perhaps fictitious English predator with alleged supernatural abilities). Wraydon is a young captain who, after partiucipating in a duel, becomes the prime suspect in a series of killings near Epping Forest. The true killer is Philip "Chief" Wraydon, Jack's uncle, who had been a spy for Napoleon and has since become a crazed inventor who seeks vengeance upon his brother's family. Jack must hurry to prove his innocence to the police, by discovering and catching the real killer. Much of the footage of this film ended up in a later Tod Slaughter picture, 1952's A Ghost for Sale.

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dysfunctional, espionage, injustice, inventor, revenge