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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, 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
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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 »
Edgar Allan Poe:
[while leaving after finding Foster's body]
When I finally write this story, people will say it's... unbelievable.
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"Castle of Blood" is a title I had read about for years in catalogs such as Sinister Cinema and only recently got to see. Those distributors regarded it as an unknown horror masterpiece (like they do with most of their titles). I wouldn't go that far but it is a nice little Gothic horror film. Italy churned these out in spades along with Sword & Sandal and eventually Spaghetti Western films. They're usually heavy on atmosphere, and this is certainly no exception. "Castle of Blood" is full of fog, cobwebs, and dark shadows. Its a nice film to look at and it often has an eerie feel. This can be contributed to director Antonio Margheriti who often does a good job. Plus, Barbara Steele is beautiful as usual and turns in a fine performance. Sylvia Sorrente, whom I know nothing about, is a real looker also.
What prevents this film from being great is two things. First off, the pacing is really poor. With other films in the genre (notably the masterpiece "Mill of the Stone Women"), this is forgivable. However, "Castle of Blood" takes too much time on walks through the castle and it seriously drags the film down. Secondly, its not too scary. I know that standards have changed, but still Mario Bava's works from the period usually garner a few shocks out of me. "Castle of Blood" is still recommended for people into this kind of drive-in schlock. I find the character of Edgar Allen Poe to be particularly amusing, because its a well known fact that Poe never achieved any fame or recognition during his writing career. (6/10)
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