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Castle of Blood (1964) More at IMDbPro »Danza macabra (original title)


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Edgar Allan Poe ("Dance Macabre")
Sergio Corbucci (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 April 1965 (France) See more »
They love only for blood! See more »
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A Genuinely Creepy Miasma See more (35 total) »


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Barbara Steele ... 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

Directed by
Sergio Corbucci  (as Gordon Wilson Jr.)
Antonio Margheriti  (as Anthony M. Dawson)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Corbucci  screenplay (as Gordon Wilson Jr.)
Sergio Corbucci  story
Giovanni Grimaldi  screenplay (as Jean Grimaud)
Giovanni Grimaldi  story
Edgar Allan Poe  "Dance Macabre"

Produced by
Giovanni Addessi .... producer (as John MacHaven)
Franco Belotti .... producer (as Frank Belty)
Leo Lax .... executive producer
Marco Vicario .... executive producer
Walter Zarghetta .... producer (as Walter Sarch)
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani  (as Ritz Ortolani)
Cinematography by
Riccardo Pallottini (director of photography) (as Richard Kramer)
Film Editing by
Otello Colangeli  (as Otel Langhel)
Production Design by
Ottavio Scotti  (as Warner Scott)
Makeup Department
Sonny Arden .... makeup artist
Gisa Flowers .... hair stylist
Production Management
Al Given .... production manager (as Al Givens)
Charles Smith .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ruggero Deodato .... assistant director (as Roger Drake)
Art Department
Mike Thony .... property master
Special Effects by
Enrico Catalucci .... lab manager (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Enrico Catalucci .... lighting effects (as E. Catalucci)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ottavio Scotti .... assistant camera (as Warner Scott)
Gary Stone .... assistant director of photography
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rose Lyne .... wardrobe
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Other crew
Alessandro Cocci .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles
Jeni Fletcher .... dialogue director
Emilio Cigoli .... voice dubbing: Umberto Raho (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Barbara Steele (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Benito Stefanelli (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: Georges Rivière (uncredited)
Lidia Simoneschi .... voice dubbing: Margarete Robsahm (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Danza macabra" - Italy (original title)
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87 min | UK:82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Sergio Corbucci began filming but Antonio Margheriti took over after one week and signed the movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Julia:Your blood will be our life!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in A Dance of Ghosts (2015) (V)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Genuinely Creepy Miasma, 17 December 2007
Author: ferbs54 from United States

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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