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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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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)  »

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Castle of Blood  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Julia: Your blood will be our life!
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Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

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Good intentions pay off despite clichés
26 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to explain the appeal of this movie. It's not a gem as some have said. But I wouldn't characterize it as Euro-trash either. The plot is not very original, and relies on standard haunted house conventions, perhaps pirating some from Robert Wise's THE HAUNTING (1963). It may also have a literary source in Bulwer-Lytton's story "The Haunters and the Haunted," which also tells the story of a disbelieving rationalist who wagers he can spend a night in a mysterious house where spirits relive incidents from past lives. The film is full of continuity holes (or should I say "challenges"), because many may be explained away. But the execution is flawed. Feral cats, sudden scenes of carnage, and other fright effects do not deliver the shudders.

I must say, however, that the film held my interest, primarily because of the creepy, fog-shrouded sets that look better than they ought to on such a small budget, and because the performances are above average for this type of fare. And although the plot is full of old dark house clichés—slamming doors, billowing curtains, and mysterious portraits—some nice dialog makes it all seem less contrived somehow. There is no doubt that the director and writers were absolutely sincere.

There is also some provocative sexual content and nudity following a tradition of salaciousness that seems to have been a necessary ingredient of horror films as far back as Hollywood's pre-code days. So if I were forced to assess whether this glass is half empty or full I would say it is slightly more than half full. This one might appeal to all those baby boomers who watched the soap opera DARK SHADOWS when they were teenagers in the '60's. It has that feel to it, only with better acting and writing.


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