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Castle of Blood (1964)

Danza macabra (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 14 April 1965 (France)
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)

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

Complete credited cast:
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Elisabeth Blackwood
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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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They love only for blood! See more »

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 April 1965 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Castle of Blood  »

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(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

During the opening scene when Alan Foster enters the tavern, the Four Devils, a crew member is visible in the reflection in the doors glass window. He's using a small hand held device and generating additional smoke for the scene.

a creating smoke. See more »

Quotes

Elisabeth Blackwood: I'm dead, Alan. Dead.
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Connections

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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