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Release Date:
5 August 1964 (Italy) See more »
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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 »
Plot:
Count Drago invites entertainers to his castle, but what the people don't know is that Drago mummifies animals and humans. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Low budget horror film has some legitimate worthwhile scares See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Christopher Lee ... Count Drago
Gaia Germani ... Laura

Philippe Leroy ... Eric
Mirko Valentin ... Sandro

Donald Sutherland ... Sgt. Paul / The witch / The old man
Renato Terra ... Policeman (as Renato Terra Caizzi)
Antonio De Martino ... Nick

Luciano Pigozzi ... Dart
Ennio Antonelli ... Gianni
Jacques Stany ... Bruno
Luigi Bonos ... Marc (as Luigi W. Bonos)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David de Keyser ... Eric (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Bruno (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Warren Kiefer 
Luciano Ricci  (as Herbert Wise)
Michael Reeves (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Warren Kiefer  story &
Warren Kiefer  screenplay

Fede Arnaud (italian version)

Michael Reeves  uncredited

Produced by
Paul Maslansky .... producer (as Paul M. Maslansky)
 
Original Music by
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino  (as Angelo Lavagnino)
 
Cinematography by
Aldo Tonti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Art Direction by
Carlo Gentili 
 
Makeup Department
Guglielmo Bonotti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Renato Dandi .... production manager
Antonio Girasante .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frederick Muller .... assistant director (as Fritz Muller)
Michael Reeves .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fiorenzo Magli .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Kuveiller .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Carlo Savina .... conductor
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Il castello dei morti vivi" - Italy (original title)
"Castle of the Living Dead" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
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Italy:91 min | UK:90 min | USA:90 min
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According to Christopher Lee, during postsynch stage, he had to dub his own voice only with a vague memory of his lines because a continuity girl had neglected to record the dialogs of the film on paper.See more »

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Low budget horror film has some legitimate worthwhile scares, 2 September 2017
Author: calvinnme from United States

I've seen up to three directors credited for the film, although only Warren Kiefer is credited on the print I saw, as well as being credited as author of the story and screenplay. This low budget European shocker is the first film usually credited to Michael Reeves, who directed the horror classic "The Witchfinder General" (1968). His films are noted for their downbeat overall tone, and he directed only four feature length films before he died at age 25.

In 1820's Europe, a traveling circus gives a performance. Afterwards, they are invited to Count Drago's (Lee's) castle, to perform for him. On the way there, they are intercepted by an old woman who warns them against the castle and predicts some of them will die. As usual in such films, they ignore the warning and continue on anyways or else there would be no movie.

I've yet to find a good quality print of this film. It's American release was botched, and it ended up playing mostly drive-in theaters, and then fell into obscurity. The best quality print I have found has the ends cropped to make its aspect ratio 4:3.

Lee is head and shoulders better than the rest of the cast. Donald Sutherland is also notable in multiple roles in this, his first feature film appearance that was not a TV movie. The other actors are no better than adequate. The cinematography and score are both functional, at best. In the last 40 minutes, film stops and numbers are projected on screen for 15-30 seconds a couple of times.

If you are willing to overlook the films' faults (score, cinematography, abrupt changes in tone, and an ending that Reeves must have argued against) there are some good scares in this one.

It is worth sitting through if it ever comes your way. Weird factoid: Donald Sutherland's son Kiefer is named after the director. I have no idea exactly why.

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