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Nightmare Castle (1965) More at IMDbPro »Amanti d'oltretomba (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Mario Caiano (story) &
Fabio De Agostini (story)
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Release Date:
5 July 1966 (USA) See more »
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A mad, sadistic scientist on the loose! See more »
Plot:
A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Barbara Steele ... Muriel Arrowsmith / Jenny Arrowsmith
Paul Muller ... Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith (as Paul Miller)
Helga Liné ... Solange
Marino Masé ... Dr. Dereck Joyce (as Lawrence Clift)
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Jonathan (as John McDouglas)
Rik Battaglia ... David
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Directed by
Mario Caiano  (as Allen Grünewald)
 
Writing credits
Mario Caiano (story, screenplay and dialogue) &
Fabio De Agostini (story, screenplay and dialogue)

Produced by
Carlo Caiano .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Enzo Barboni 
 
Film Editing by
Renato Cinquini 
 
Production Design by
Massimo Tavazzi 
 
Set Decoration by
Massimo Tavazzi 
 
Costume Design by
Mario Giorsi 
 
Makeup Department
Duilio Giustini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pietro Nofri .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angelo Sangermano .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bernardino Fronzetti .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Mancini .... camera operator
Ermanno Serto .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Priscilla Contardi .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Amanti d'oltretomba" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
UK:101 min | USA:90 min | Italy:104 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-18 (2002) (self applied) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1998-2005) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
Director Mario Caiano initially wanted to highlight the gory scenes with red color. The idea was dropped due to budget limitations.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith:[to Muriel Arrowsmith] I've asked you before not to come down to my laboratory while I'm busy with my experiments.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Lost Hearts (2007) (V)See more »

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Let Your Italian Nightmares Begin, 17 March 2006
Author: gavin6942 from United States

A mad scientist finds his wife cheating on him with the butler. After torturing them with electric shock and other gruesome methods (whippings, beatings) he finally kills them. But to get the inheritance from his wife's family, he has to marry her lunatic sister who is now cursed with the spirit of his dead wife. On top of this, we have an old women who remains young with the blood of the dead wife, who feels the dried and cold blood inside her.

Sounds good, right? And it is. The only thing that could have been better was the dubbing from Italian to English, but after the first five minutes you hardly notice anymore. The black and white really sets a mood and the fact the blood is black (because it can't be red) makes it seem even more sinister than it had to be.

Luca Palmerini calls this one an "elegantly executed story of love after death." Director Mario Caiano (under the name Allan Grunewald) is upstaged the same year by Mario Bava's "Planet of the Vampires", though I daresay the former is better. "Vampires" is given too much credit, while this film (and "Terror Creatures From the Grave") are forgotten. Caiano has said that Barbara Steele had a face that was "elusive and obscure", and was "an introverted sort of person." Considering her mythical status, even at the time, this may strike the viewer as odd. It sure seemed odd to me! And let us not forget the classic, creepy organ music by Ennio Morricone.

The Madacy DVD claims to be "digitally remastered", but is in the same poorly lit, grainy black and white as always. A better copy would surely improve this film's legacy. (Caiano had intended the film to be in black, white and red!) Interestingly, when you put the disc in a computer, it claims to be "Last Man on Earth".

I'm beginning to grow more fond of old horror films, especially with my disillusionment with modern horror. And this film is one of the better old horror films I've found. Recommended for those who are sick of Hollywood pumping horror films out for little girls.

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