Films: Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
Alias: Mother of the Mysteries, Keeper of the Black Secret
Location: Haunted Home
Height/Weight: That of an average human.
Summary: Just by looking at that icon, some of you were expecting us to make a trite Lady Gaga joke, weren't yan'? Well, we didn't...even if we did just quip about a music group below the title. Hmm. Either way, here's some devil-worshiping nasties for you.
History: Lavinia Morley wasn't always the evil cult leader she is now. Once a woman of great significance and power during the Dark Ages, she stood accused of witchcraft despite no evidence being there. Enraged as she burned at the stake, Lavinia cursed everyone there to die alongside their generations to come. Somehow, Lavinia came back for the modern day to lead the Crimson Altar, a satanic cult dedicated to torture and rather kinky outfits. She specifically targeted the ones connected to those who burned her. It doesn’t help that even to this day, the folks at the town celebrate her demise...
Notable Kills: Nothing special.
Final Fate: Eventually, those in the know about the cult manage to get the base of operation, the Craxted Lodge, to burn down. But despite this setback, Lavinia spiritually departs, breaking her stoic demeanor to spitefully laugh.
Powers/Abilities: Can shapeshift and induce complex hallucinations for her enemies.
Scariness Factor: 3.5-Lavinia's commanding and dark disposition are something, even if her head-gear is a bit garish. Her powers are no slouch either, so you better hope your great-grandparents had nothing to do with her execution.
Trivia: Lavinia was played by Barbara Steele, who previously played Asa Vajda of "Black Sunday" fame.
-The place used for Craxted Lodge was already a haunted house. It was Grim's Dyke, which was said to be the resting place of dramatist W.S. Gilbert, who died trying to prevent a girl from drowning.