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Director:
Writers:
Oreste Biancoli (story)
Riccardo Freda (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 March 1963 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Black Sign of Death Is On This House! See more »
Plot:
A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them. | Add synopsis »
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suspenseful and atmospheric film, with some occasional well placed shockers See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Barbara Steele ... Margaret Hichcock
Peter Baldwin ... Dr. Charles Livingstone
Elio Jotta ... Dr. John Hichcock (as Leonard G. Elliot)
Harriet Medin ... Catherine Wood, Housekeeper (as Harriet White)
Carol Bennet ... Woman
Carlo Kechler ... Police Superintendent (as Charles Kechler)
Umberto Raho ... Canon Owens (as Raoul H. Newman)
Reginald Price Anderson ... Albert Fisher

Directed by
Riccardo Freda  (as Robert Hampton)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oreste Biancoli  story and screenplay (as Robert Davidson)
Riccardo Freda  screenplay (as Robert Hampton)

Produced by
Luigi Carpentieri .... producer (as Louis Mann)
 
Original Music by
Franco Mannino  (as Franck Wallace)
 
Cinematography by
Raffaele Masciocchi  (as Donald Green)
 
Film Editing by
Ornella Micheli  (as Donna Christie)
 
Art Direction by
Mario Chiari  (as Sammy Fields)
 
Makeup Department
Massimo Giustini .... makeup artist (as Max Justins)
Charles Seaman .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Lou D. Kelly .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Silvana Merli .... assistant director (as Silvy Black)
 
Sound Department
Cristopher Curtis .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Schiavo Lena .... camera operator (as Anthony Taylor)
Piero Servo .... camera loader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary McCharty .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Franco Mannino .... conductor (as Franck Wallace)
 
Other crew
Romolo Germano .... production assistant (as Rommy Deutch)
Lucky Reed .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lo spettro" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Made during the pseudonym craze of the 1960s, the music score was credited to "Franck Wallace." Italian composers usually registered their pseudonyms with their performing right society, the SIAE, and the identities were listed by Bianco e Nero and the Monthly Film Bulletin who both reported that Wallace was Franco Mannino. However, some reference sources such as Donald C. Willis in 1972 suggested "Franck Wallace" was a joint pseudonym for Mannino and Roman Vlad (the two composers sometimes collaborated and Wallace is a very rough transliteration of Vlad). Even more confusingly, Beat Records released the soundtrack in 2008 and discovered that the surviving tapes in the Nazionalmusic vaults were attributed to Francesco De Masi. So the CD went out credited to De Masi only. De Masi did not work with either of the other two composers, instead being asked at the behest of the director to do a new score, not liking Mannino's effort; what portions thereof are contained in the film, are unknown, as the director seemingly changed his mind again, as Mannino is credited in the film for the score.See more »
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
suspenseful and atmospheric film, with some occasional well placed shockers, 10 September 2003
Author: stevedee from New Jersey

I recently watched this film, which was part of a 10 pack horror collection that was put out by Brentwood. Unfortunately the source print for this dvd was a print that was in terrible condition, and barely watchable.

The first thing that struck me about this film was the music. Even during the opening credits I was watching the credits carefully to see who the composer was, half expecting it to be Ennio Morricone, (which it wasn't). If the music wasn't enough to hook me completely, seeing Barbara Steele on the screen, whom I immediately recalled from "Black Sabbath" definitely made me want to continue watching this film, bad print and all.

The setting of this film is a gloomy Scottish mansion, around the turn of the century. The young wife (Steele) of the creepy, crippled and rich Dr. Hitchcock, conspires with her handsome lover, to murder her husband. Her lover happens to be her husbands physician who is treating him by administering a lethal poison which is immediately followed with the antidote. Needless to say they decide not to administer the second part of the treatment one day and are able to fulfill their burning desire to be together, happy ,rich and rid of the husband. Unfortunately for them, things don't quite work out so well, and things begin to unravel during a succession of supernatural events that take place after the murder.

While this is a fairly predictable plot of greedy people being punished from beyond the grave, the director manages to create a suspenseful and atmospheric film, with some occasional well placed shockers. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would love to see an uncut well preserved print of it.

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