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How many times have I stood before this symbol of my family's greatness? And now this crest and I are dying together. In another time and another place, I might have brought honor and glory to the Fallon family, but instead I shall leave a legacy of decay and unspeakable horror.
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Most folks might hate this one, but I found it to be about as fast paced as these mysterious castle on a mysterious island films can be. Our Mr Fallon is some upper crust guy stranded on an island with the skipper of the ship. After hearing a woman being mauled to death in the middle of the night, the duo set off for help, only to be attacked by a giant man with a slingshot. Turns out this guy works for the Count De Sade, a guy so crazy that his craziness make a physical appearance and starts throwing bats and spiders at the guy! With that truly surreal scene over with, De Sade and our man Fallon (what with the skipper nursing a bad head wound, which turns out to be the least of his problems) have dinner together where we're introduced to Cassandra, another of the count's employees. She's thankfully not so crazy as the count, who believes that pirates are invading his home! Throw in a mute slave girl, and the big slave fella, and top it all off with what the count keeps in his basement, and you've got a full crazy-fest of doom!
Fair enough there. This might be a very cheaply made (check out the toy boat!), badly acted b-movie, but there's plenty going on and a few good creepy moments thrown in to boot. For an early sixties film, it does seem to be a bit violent too, what with the whippings and the rack and such like. For those with low expectations and a forgiving mindset towards low budgets, I think you'll find something to enjoy here. I suppose even those out for a laugh at rubber spiders and amateur dramatics might enjoy it too.
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