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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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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giovanni Cianfriglia ...
KIller (as Phil Karson)
John Peters
Merry Powers
Umberto Raho ...
Lord Thomas Blackwood (as Raul H. Newman)
Salvo Randone ...
Lester - the coachman
Benito Stefanelli ...
William (as Ben Steffen)
Johnny Walters
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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 Dean Harris <hepcat@inch.com>

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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 »

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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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A Genuinely Creepy Miasma
17 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never seen a Barbara Steele movie that I haven't liked, and have always been a sucker for a good haunted-house story (especially for such wonderful pictures as "The Legend of Hell House" and the original versions of "The Haunting" and "House on Haunted Hill"), so I had a feeling that "Castle of Blood" would be right up my alley. And boy, was it ever! This French-Italian coproduction, while perhaps not the classic that Steele's first horror film, "Black Sunday," remains to this day, is nevertheless an extremely atmospheric, chilling entry in the spook genre. Filmed in black and white, it manages to convey a genuinely creepy miasma. The film concerns a journalist who bets one Lord Blackwood and an author named Edgar Allen Poe that he can spend the night in Blackwood's castle on the night of All Saints Day, when the spirits of those killed in the castle reenact their fate. The viewer gets to see these deaths, and they ARE pretty horrible, for the most part. The film does indeed send shivers up the viewer's spine, and in the uncut DVD that I just watched--thanks to the fine folks at Synapse--even features a surprising topless scene and some mild lesbianism! And Barbara is wonderful in this movie; her otherworldly beauty is put to good advantage playing a sympathetic spectre. Her mere presence turns a creepy ghost story into something truly memorable. Not for nothing has she been called "The Queen of Horror."


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