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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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(as Martin Herbert)

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(screenplay) (as Jean Grimaud), (screenplay) (as Gordon Wilson Jr.)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gérard Tichy ...
Rodéric De Blancheville
Leo Anchóriz ...
Doctor LaRouche
Ombretta Colli ...
Emilie De Blancheville (as Joan Hills)
Helga Liné ...
Miss Eleonore, the Housekeeper
Irán Eory ...
Alice Taylor
Vanni Materassi ...
John Taylor (as Richard Davis)
Paco Morán ...
Alistair, the Butler (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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Unrated
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6 June 1963 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Horror: The Blancheville Monster  »

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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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A revelation!
13 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

Though it has somehow or other managed to escape all the standard reference books, this film is a real and unheralded discovery--a visually distinguished and absorbing Gothic thriller, halfway between Bava country and the Mexican gothics like "The Witch's Mirror".

"Blancheville Monster" where have you been hiding? Right off the bat, we are treated to a deliciously evocative visual opening--a wintry, bare tree ridden country road, awash with an icy looking rain, beyond which stands the distant castle on the mountain.

Ann Radcliffe would be well pleased! And the film keeps on delivering: two attractive female leads, a mysterious and scarred man locked in a tower room, frequent thunder and lightning, and all the necessary accoutrements of remote castle Gothic, from flickering torches to doleful turns on the family harpsichord.

The countryside in which the film is shot has the desolate beauty of a November day, and strongly suggests the Brittany in which the film is set, (though not shot). In this sense, some of the landscapes resemble those in Bresson's "Diary of a Country Priest." Devotees of the genre are herewith advised to seek this out. It's far more deserving than some of its over-hyped relatives.


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