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Nella stretta morsa del ragno (1971)

R | | Horror | 1975 (USA)
The journalist Alan Foster makes a bet than he can spend one night at the haunted Blackwood Castle. As he learns, the rumors of ghosts at the castle are indeed true. On All Soul's Eve the ... See full summary »

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Alan Foster
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Elisabeth Blackwood
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Peter Carsten ...
Dr. Carmus
Silvano Tranquilli ...
William Perkins
Karin Field ...
Julia
Raf Baldassarre ...
Herbert
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Elsie Perkins (as Irina Malewa)
Enrico Osterman ...
Lord Thomas Blackwood
Marco Bonetti ...
Maurice
Vittorio Fanfoni
Carla Mancini
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The journalist Alan Foster makes a bet than he can spend one night at the haunted Blackwood Castle. As he learns, the rumors of ghosts at the castle are indeed true. On All Soul's Eve the ghosts of the castle search for blood to tide them over for another year. In the castle Foster meet and fall in love with Elizabeth Blackwood. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Based on Edgar Allen Poe's "Night of the Living Dead" See more »

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1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disi örümcegin pençesinde  »

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Although advertised as being "based on the story Night of the Living Dead by Edgar Allan Poe", there is no such actual story by Edgar Allan Poe concerning the events in the film. Like the classic The Black Cat (1934) with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, this film (and 1964's Castle of Blood (1964)), scriptwriters Bruno Corbucci and Giovanni Grimaldi drew from Poe's literary traditions rather than a specific text. The most direct use of Poe's writings was the presence of an actor playing the writer and having him recite one of Poe's actual stories - specifically, the short verse "Berenice". But there is no story called "Night of the Living Dead" by Poe, and no story relating the events shown in either film version. See more »

Quotes

Alan Foster: Ah, I'm most terribly sorry, but your brother told me that the castle was uninhabited.
Elisabeth Blackwood: Oh, well; because y'see, as far as he's concerned...
[pregnant pause]
Elisabeth Blackwood: ... I'm dead.
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Featured in A Dance of Ghosts (2015) See more »

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Worth watching to add ya own dialogue, perhaps?
31 December 2016 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Only adding that - until more caringly reissued (as well noted in other best review here=see S. Nylund '03) - since you'll likely come across the more commonly available pan and scan version, you can add fun here, not only watching to guess all the likely shouted direction to Francis in his ponderous constant close ups (look this way Anthony; now the other; smirk, smile, grimace …) as he wanders almost wordlessly around the haunted mansion, but also, being it is largely dialogue free, you can surely add extra enjoyment by shouting in your own dialogue, instead! In any case, bookend Kinski's character is obviously - and travesty so - dubbed, so losing his patent maniacal deliveries which it could have well done with.)

And so p-o-n-d-e-r-o-u-s-l-y slow paced indeed, that you'll also get plenty o time to carefully appreciate the sets and decor, and by which, for the 'candle wranglers' alone, should get a very special mention for their constant atmospheric efforts here (does candle wax ever drip from candelabras?).


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