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Director:
Writers:
Oreste Biancoli (story)
Riccardo Freda (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 March 1963 (Italy) See more »
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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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Cast

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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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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Italian Gothic Love Triangle - of Sorts, 25 December 2008

Riccardo Freda, an Italian director of skill who directed many Sword and Sandal films of the 60's as well as horror greats like I Vampiri, does a very serviceable job directing this thoughtful, mood-laden sequel of sorts to his earlier effort The Horrible Doctor Hitchcok. One does not need to have seen that earlier effort to follow what goes on here as they are really entities unto themselves with the same characters just going through different circumstances and having different motivations. In this film Dr. Hitchcock(living in Scotland - very implausible given the Mediterranean looks of most of the cast) is bound in a wheelchair and has nothing but sickly pity for himself as he wishes to die. Helping him remain alive is a local doctor giving him some sort of concoction to live and, of course, no love triangle would be complete without the love object of the other two sides - sultry, hypnotic breathless Barbara Steele - the 60's queen of the horror film - particularly the Gothic horror film. Steele is not a great actress by any stretch. She is lovely to look at and has the most impressive pair of - yes, I know where I could go here but really I intended to say eyes the entire time. Freda creates a slowly building tension between the central characters and the story is nothing exceptional in terms of creativity. You have seen this story before in various adaptations. Freda does; however, have a flair with the camera lens, and I was really surprised at how well he, the actors, and the story all combined to make an interesting film experience. The rest of the cast is all serviceable with Elio Jotta as Dr. Hitchcock being particularly effective and Harriet Medin(who was in the previous Hitchcock film also as a maid) doing a nice, creepy job as Catherine the housemaid. There are some very powerfully shot scenes: the tomb scene is genuinely eerie and the final denouement is quite good. Loads of atmosphere make this one of the best of its kind.

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