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The Blancheville Monster (1963)

Horror (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 6 June 1963 (Italy)
The beautiful young daughter of a crazed count fears that she will fall victim to the family curse - to be sacrificed to fulfill an ancient family legend.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gérard Tichy ...
Rodrigue De Blancheville
Leo Anchóriz ...
Dr. Lerouge
Ombretta Colli ...
Emily De Blancheville (as Joan Hills)
Helga Liné ...
Miss Eleonore
Irán Eory ...
Alice Taylor
Vanni Materassi ...
John Taylor (as Richard Davis)
Paco Morán ...
Alistair (as Frank Moran)
Emilia Wolkowicz ...
Cook (as Emily Wolkowicz)
Harry Winter ...
Gamekeeper
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The beautiful young daughter of a crazed count fears that she will fall victim to the family curse - to be sacrificed to fulfill an ancient family legend.

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6 June 1963 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Blancheville Monster  »

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ESP 14,850 (Spain)
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(Westrex Recording System)
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Rodrigue De Blancheville: What is it? Do you need something?
Alice Taylor: No. But, it... up in the tower... I saw... oh, my God.
Rodrigue De Blancheville: Will you tell me what you're talking about.
Alice Taylor: I tell you... there was a man, I saw him. He was a monster and his hands were all covered with blood. He was shouting. I tell you, I saw...
Rodrigue De Blancheville: There's no one in the tower. Are you sure that it wasn't just your imagination?
Alice Taylor: No, it couldn't have been. I tell you, I really saw him. And he was together with your housekeeper, Miss Eleonore.
Rodrigue De Blancheville: Elenore? We can go up together...
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Another interesting Italian horror
18 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I sought out this little gem after reading about it in Tim Lucas' bio of Mario Bava. Lucas believes the effects in this 1962 b/w strongly resemble Bava's technical flourishes. I sought out this title for this reason, but also because I collect films of the era containing the word 'monster' in the title. I also have a growing appreciation for Gothic Italian horror and mystery. After snapping it up on Amazon for about five bucks including postage, I am pleased to announce that it was well worth my time and effort.

There is a lot to like about this movie, including an eerie score and loads of captivating locations and sets; the crumbling abbey is reminiscent of Universal's "Dracula" but much more realistic and effectively photographed. Moments of the film seem over the top, and overcooked, but it stands up well for its time overall. This is especially desirable to those of us who recall the old Shock Theatre days of television, and enjoy Italian Gothic horror of the 60s.


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