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Castle of Blood (1963)

Danza macabra (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | July 1963 (Italy)
A writer accepts a bet that he cannot spend the night alone in a haunted castle on All Soul's Eve. Once night falls at the castle, several who had been murdered therein return to life, ... See full summary »

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(as Gordon Wilson Jr.), (as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Gordon Wilson Jr.), (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Elisabeth Blackwood
Georges Rivière ...
Alan Foster
Margrete Robsahm ...
Julia Alert
Arturo Dominici ...
Dr. Carmus (as Henry Kruger)
Silvano Tranquilli ...
Edgar Allan Poe (as Montgomery Glenn)
Sylvia Sorrente ...
Elsi Perkings (as Sylvia Sorrent)
Umberto Raho ...
Lord Thomas Blackwood (as Raul H. Newman)
Giovanni Cianfriglia ...
KIller (as Phil Karson)
Benito Stefanelli ...
William (as Ben Steffen)
Johnny Walters
Merry Powers
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Peters
Salvo Randone ...
Lester - the coachman
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Storyline

A writer accepts a bet that he cannot spend the night alone in a haunted castle on All Soul's Eve. Once night falls at the castle, several who had been murdered therein return to life, reliving their deaths and seeking to kill the writer for his blood in a vain attempt to stay alive beyond that one night. Barbara Steele, as one of the living dead, tries to aid his escape from the castle. Written by Dean Harris <hepcat@inch.com>

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The living and the dead change places in an orgy of terror! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sergio Corbucci began filming but Antonio Margheriti took over after one week and signed the movie. See more »

Goofs

Alan is supposed to be fatally impaled by a spike (which is what we see in close-up), but the spike in the swinging gate could only hit him tangentially. His body remains upright but there is no embedded spike to provide the necessary support. (In any case a supporting spike would need to be not in the gate but in the railing behind him.) See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Elisabeth Blackwood: [in a ghostly voice-over] You have stayed with me, Alan.
Alan Foster: [in a ghostly voice-over] Yes, Elizabeth.
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Wonderfully eerie Italian horror.
30 March 2004 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Antonio Margheriti's "Danza Macabra"/"Castle of Blood" is an eerie,atmospheric chiller that succeeds on all fronts.It looks absolutely beautiful in black & white and it has wonderfully creepy Gothic vibe.Alan Foster is an English journalist who pursues an interview with visiting American horror writer Edgar Allan Poe.Poe bets Foster that he can't spend one night in the abandoned mansion of Poe's friend,Thomas Blackwood.Accepting the wager,Foster is locked in the mansion and the horror begins!The film is extremely atmospheric and it scared the hell out of me.The crypt sequence is really eerie and the tension is almost unbearable.Barbara Steele looks incredibly beautiful as sinister specter Elisabeth Blackwood."Castle of Blood" is easily one of the best Italian horror movies made in early 60's.A masterpiece!


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