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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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Lushly Gothic visuals, a great score and Barbara Steele....what more could you want from an Italian horror film? See more (42 total) »

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

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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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 »
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Lushly Gothic visuals, a great score and Barbara Steele....what more could you want from an Italian horror film?, 1 November 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

My main reason for seeing this film was the fact that it's on the Redemption label. Redemption films are often not all that good, but they have great cult value and are usually worth seeking out. Of course, Barbara Steele offered up another reason for watching - but still, my expectations for this film weren't very high. After the first twenty minutes, however, my low expectations turned into hopefulness; as I prayed that the remaining eighty minutes would be as great as the first twenty! The film grabs you instantly with it's combination of crisp black and white photography, morbid subject material, Gothic locations and a score courtesy of the great Ennio Morricone. The film is pure cult class, which really doesn't let up until the final credits role. The plot follows a man who, after finding his wife with another man, proceeds to torture them both. However, she takes the upper hand when she lets him know that all of her wealth has been left not to him - but to her imbecile sister! Our protagonist isn't taking this lying down, however, and it isn't long before he's returning to the castle with a new bride…

Just like she did in Mario Bava's masterpiece "Black Sunday", Barbara Steele takes on a dual role. Despite being obviously the same actress, it's easy to buy into the fact that she's playing too different characters. Her roles are suitably different, and she plays them both to perfection. Steele is often passed off as merely a horror film actress; but she really does have talent. The rest of the cast's performance is marred somewhat by some really awful dubbing and a script that isn't much better, but it doesn't matter too much because the focus of the film is never on the acting - it's clearly on the atmosphere. The plot gives way to a beautiful set of locations; the lushly Gothic castle photographed in the same cinematic style as the best black and white films that Italian cinema has to offer. At times, the film is incoherent and the plot doesn't always flow well; but it doesn't matter much, because there is always enough of the style element to ensure that the film remains interesting. The fact that the plotting isn't soaked with silly jump moments and out of place imagery makes me love the film even more; as it's clear that the director cares more about delivering story and atmosphere rather than simply trying to scare the audience. On the whole; the film has flown under more than a few radars, but that's unfair as it's damn good! Take that as a recommendation.

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