Castle of the Living Dead (1964)
"Il castello dei morti vivi" (original title)

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Count Drago (Christopher Lee) invites over entertainers to his castle, but what the people don't know is that Drago mummifies animals and humans!


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Complete credited cast:
Gaia Germani ...
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Mirko Valentin ...
Sgt. Paul / The witch / The old man
Renato Terra ...
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Antonio De Martino ...
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Ennio Antonelli ...
Jacques Stany ...
Luigi Bonos ...
Marc (as Luigi W. Bonos)


All'inizio dell'800 una compagnia di girovaghi è specializzata in uno spettacolo durante il quale viene messa in scena una falsa impiccagione. Durante un sosta vengono invitati dal conte Drago nel suo castello. L'arlecchino della compagnia viene licenziato da Bruno dopo una lite ed il suo posto viene preso da Eric, ex ufficiale. E così partono per il castello; per strada incontrano una vecchia che predice loro che arrivati a destinazione alcuni incontreranno la morte. Nella foresta vedono inoltre un corvo che sembra vivo, ma vivo non è. E infine giungono al castello dove, dietro una porta aperta, trovano ad attenderli una sala piena di uccelli imbalsamati, o che almeno lo sembrano. Fa quindi la sua comparsa il conte Drago. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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He lured beautiful women to his evil castle and induced them into a state of living death until infinity! See more »






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5 August 1964 (Italy)  »

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Castle of the Living Dead  »

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Castle Of The Boring Dumb
30 September 2013 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

The Italians brought us many great Gothic Horror films in the 1960's, some of the best ever made! Unfortunately "Castle Of The Living Dead" is not one of them, totally wasting a gorgeous, creepy locale with sterile camera-work and a plot that goes nowhere. A skanky medieval theater troupe, which includes a dwarf, get invited by Baron Christopher Lee to perform at his castle. Once they get there they discover that he is interested in an unusual kind of taxidermy and is currently working on "the most dangerous animal" - gee, wonder what that could be! Donald Sutherland shows up in a very early role to further spoil the film in a few hammy roles - as a dimwit police sergeant, and almost unrecognizably as an old witch, and an old man. Nothing about the film, short of the locales, is engrossing or frightening in any capacity. The black and white photography which so many other Euro Horrors used to their shadowy ominous advantage, just feels cheap and cost-effective here. The uninteresting dialogue, terrible dubbing, flat camera angles, complete lack-of-scares and overall silliness do absolutely nothing to help. Between Christopher Lee, the lovely Gaia Germani, and being shot-on-location at both the eerie Parco dei Mostri (The Garden Of The Monsters) and the sinister Castle Odescalchi, this should have been a sure-fire horror classic, but it stands as just a horribly wasted opportunity. Skip this snooze-fest and instead go seek out one of the many Gothic masterpieces that both Italy & Christopher Lee have to offer.

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