The Haunted Airman – From the Bargain Basement of Horror

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It’s hard to credit that despite selling over 60 million books in his lifetime and gaining a reputation for being a master of the macabre only two of author Dennis Wheatley’s occult chillers ever made it onto the big screen: The Devil Rides Out in 1968 and To the Devil -A Daughter in 1975.  Although he liked what Hammer did with The Devil Rides Out Wheatley hated Hammer’s treatment of another of his books, the lost world epic Uncharted Seas which was filmed as The Lost Continent (1968) and withheld further film rights from, them. Having seen The Lost Continent I can understand why it’s a complete car crash of a movie.

Wheatley passed the film rights to his occult movies on to Christopher Lee, the pair having become pals during the filming of The Devil Rides Out and in 1975 Lee, having failed to raise the cash to produce

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