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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
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 »
A haunted house romp that lacks the romp. Klaus Kinski is terrible as Edgar Allan Poe and Tony Franciosa of NAME OF THE GAME TV fame is embarrassing as an American reporter who spends a night in a haunted mansion outside London. Badly written, badly acted, badly edited. No scares, no chills, nothing. The "ghosts" are also apparently vampires! Or maybe they are just vampires. Who knows? Who cares? This is one of those early 70s Italian knockoffs of Roger Corman's Poe series. The claustrophobic sets are all that stands between this being a movie and a total joke. Avoid it. A little nudity and more explicit violence couldn't have hurt, but this is one of those hacked-up, heavily edited jobs for the American market.
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