Castle of Blood (1964)
"Danza macabra" (original title)

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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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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


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 <>

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




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27 February 1964 (Italy)  »

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Castle of Blood  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Sergio Corbucci began filming but Antonio Margheriti took over after one week and signed the movie. See more »


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 »


[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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Referenced in La vendetta di Lady Morgan (1965) See more »

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Gothic horror a l'italiana.
27 August 2009 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

It's the Samhain and a young journalist meets up with Edgar Allan Poe in a London tavern and agrees to spend a night in a haunted castle from where no one comes out alive for a wager. True to its title, this is a macabre dance as the journalist staggers around the castle with a candelabra at hand and meets up with a variety of characters that may or may not be ghosts, including a seductive Barbara Steele in a nightgown, a creepy bearded Dr. Carmus whose name recalls Camus the writer but whose appearance has something of Ze Do Caixao/Coffin Joe, and a shirtless buff guy who seems to have wandered off a Maciste set. There's not much plot to speak of (in a script co-written by Sergio Corbucci no less, who'd go on to have a great career in the spaghetti western field, where Margheriti also dipped later in his career with AND GOD SAID TO CAIN) and whatever plot thereis is deliberately handled in the manner of a spooky story told at midnight around a campfire, the details intentionally vague and simplistic and with only a semblance of reality as is often the case with oral stories that pass from mouth to mouth and have to be easy to tell and remember for that reason. I like movies where characters wander through weird/surreal/eerie architecture (MARIENBAD, THE TRIAL) except DANZA MACABRA sabotages that hypnotic quality with goofy shenanigans such as candelabras being knocked over to the sound of cymbals and the protagonist tripping over stairs. Whatever the movie has going for it comes from those very qualities that mark it as an Italian Gothic horror film. The eerie dreamlike atmosphere and b/w cinematography capturing images of cobweb-strewn catacombs and skulls. Passable but not a patch on BLACK Sunday.

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