34 user 33 critic

The Dungeon of Harrow (1962)

An evil, sadistic count lives in a waterfront castle with his insane family members. One day the survivor of a shipwreck washes ashore near the castle and finds himself a captive there.



Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Snapshot II (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Former paparazzi Thomas Grady's most recent photo, a scandalous shot of the First Lady, is certainly worth more, a lot more.

Director: Eric Etebari
Stars: Angela Little, Zach McGowan, Angela Gots
Harlequin (1980)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan
Funeral Home (1980)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young woman arrives at her grandmother's house, which used to be a funeral home, to help her turn the place into a bed-and-breakfast inn. After they open, however, guests begin disappearing or turning up dead.

Director: William Fruet
Stars: Kay Hawtrey, Lesleh Donaldson, Barry Morse
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

Somewhere in upstate New York, a young woman is terrorized by a group of rural farmers primarily interested in a harvest of blood.

Director: Ed Adlum
Stars: Norman Kelley, Tanna Hunter, Bruce Detrick
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In Medieval France a warlock is be-headed and his wife tortured and executed. Hundreds of years later an isolated group of people discover his head buried on their property. Soon it comes ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Aured
Stars: Paul Naschy, Emma Cohen, Víctor Alcázar
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The promotion announced that this film was released in "Hypnovision" which gives an idea of the story. A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotises ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Crabtree
Stars: Michael Gough, June Cunningham, Graham Curnow
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

A murderous demon lurks inside an antique piano in a picturesque coastal town.

Director: Bill Rebane
Stars: Paul von Hausen, Stephanie Cushna, Carol Perry
The Corpse (1971)
Certificate: GP Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A mother and daughter hatch a scheme to murder their family's domineering and sadistic patriarch.

Director: Viktors Ritelis
Stars: Michael Gough, Yvonne Mitchell, Sharon Gurney
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good, Stone sees Merriam as a younger version of himself and Merriam sees Stone as the first ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett
Blood Sabbath (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A coven of witches captures a young man traveling through the woods. He gets involved in a power struggle between a beautiful witch and the evil queen who heads the coven.

Director: Brianne Murphy
Stars: Anthony Geary, Susan Damante, Sam Gilman
Soulmate I (2013)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Widowed Audrey retreats to an isolated Welsh cabin after a failed suicide attempt, to recuperate. Still haunted by the tragic death of her husband and struggling with her psychosis, she begins to hear strange noises.

Director: Axelle Carolyn
Stars: Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers
Darklands (1996)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A newspaper reporter is lured into a mire of pagan rituals and human sacrifice.

Director: Julian Richards
Stars: Craig Fairbrass, Jon Finch, Rowena King


Complete credited cast:
Russ Harvey ...
Aaron Fallon
Helen Hogan ...
William McNulty ...
Count Lorente de Sade
Michele Buquor ...
Maurice Harris ...
Countess de Sade
Henry Garcia
Don Russell
Leon Schumacher Jr.
Lee Morgan ...
The Captain


An evil, sadistic count lives in a waterfront castle with his insane family members. One day the survivor of a shipwreck washes ashore near the castle and finds himself a captive there.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

31 December 1964 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Dungeon of Harrow  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


When the final chase begins, Mantis is bareheaded, but at the end, he has a hat. See more »


[first lines]
Aaron Fallon: 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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This one can sting...you have to be in the right mood to appreciate this
3 June 2006 | by (Wavy Wheat, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

My bad film guru (and the president of the Exposed Film Society) sprang this one on us last week. There was no denying the demented gleam in his eye as he pulled it out of its brown paper bag and announced what he had in store for us: "The Most Dangerous Game", filmed on a budget of about $2.95.

Of course, $2.95 went a lot further back in 1962, but still...

Anyway, there is certainly a lot to dislike about this film. It abounds with serious technical gaffes (my favorite was the 'repeating musket' that fired twice in two minutes without benefit of a reload). The hero is a wuss who stands by while his wounded friend fights the henchman and gets killed.

More? OK -The plot is a shambles with no continuity to speak of. The movie wastes five minutes with a 'special guest star' who serves as the physical embodiment of the villain's madness and paranoia, but never shows him again. The hero is choked unconscious by the henchman but makes no mention of it when he wakes up and first meets his host. The mute servant girl is captured, put on the rack...and then the movie (and the hero, who put her in this predicament) just sort of "forgets" about her.

More? Well, the sets are cheap, and the special effects are cheaper (the makeup is an exception to this). Much of the plot is carried by the narrator's droning, monotonic voice-over, which carries less dramatic impact than the menu recital at Denny's. Most of the dialog is simply ridiculous and stilted , as if it was translated from Japanese. ("I demand that our conversation be pleasant!!!") And the color values tended to shift violently from shot to shot, as if cheap film stock and problematic lighting equipment were the order of the day. (Note - this last may have been the fault of a bad print, rather than the camera crew).

But there were a couple of nice moments here and there. The makeup effects were startlingly good in contrast to the rest of the film, the actors were LOOKED interesting, especially the mute servant girl and the Countess. And in spite of everything, there was a definite creepy atmosphere to be found, very nasty and disturbing.

So what was the deal with this movie? I thought about it a bit, and realized that director/writer Pat Boyette basically tried to put a story from of the old "EC" horror comics on film. That would account for the stilted dialog, the sketchy character development (in a comic, physiognomy = character even more than in film), the loopy interior logic of the story ("EC" horror stories went out of their way to include a nasty "shock" ending and weren't big on psychological realism), the over reliance on the narrative voice (which belongs in captions over the panels), and the interesting makeup effects that mimicked the grisly pictures that the old EC artists did so well.

In fact, I'd be willing to bet that when Boyette saw his leading man during casting, he instantly saw that the fellow was as close to being the equivalent of the lanky, shambling figures and caved in faces that artists like Johnny Craig and Jack Davis drew as an actual human could be and still exist in the real world.. He used costumes and lighting to emphasize the cartoony aspect of the visuals and turned everyone into living EC comics characters. (See: the leading lady's blank beauty, the Count's strong bony features, oddly bronze skin and sharp chin, the platinum 'do on the tall, bony black henchman, etc.)

This would explain the movie's failings. Boyette knew how to 'frame' things, but he didn't know how to deal with three dimensions and moving bodies. Boyette knew how to tell a creepy story within the confines of a comics page, but the nuances of film and live actors escaped him. He wouldn't be the first person with this problem of course - look at what Joel Schumacher did to "Batman". But he didn't have a big budget to hide behind.

In any case, I'm imagine that Boyette walked away from this train wreck and probably spent less time thinking about "Dungeon of Harrow"than the folks who post on this film's message boards. He did, within certainly vague boundaries, what he set out to do, and you have to respect him for it...even if you don't care for "Harrow".

9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What DVD releases of this exist? Peter_Bark
Discuss The Dungeon of Harrow (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: