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Terror! Il castello delle donne maledette -- (1973) Rossano Brazzi, Michael Dunn, Boris Lugosi,  SOUTH PACIFIC star Brazzi plays the infamous Baron who's up to his usual, evil experiments.  Dunn is his dwarf assistant who spies on skinny dipping girls...

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Writers:
Mark Smith (screenplay) &
William Rose (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
January 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A mad scientist toils in secret. His experiments defy nature. His creatures destroy life. See more »
Plot:
Brazzi plays mad Dr. Frankenstein, Dunn is an evil dwarf and Lugosi (no relation to Bela) is a Neanderthal man... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Rossano Brazzi ... Count Frankenstein

Michael Dunn ... Genz

Edmund Purdom ... Prefect

Gordon Mitchell ... Igor
Loren Ewing ... Goliath
Luciano Pigozzi ... Hans (as Alan Collins)
Xiro Papas ... Kreegin
Salvatore Baccaro ... Ook (as Boris Lugosi)
Simonetta Vitelli ... Maria (as Simone Blondell)
Eric Mann ... Eric
Laura De Benedittis ... Valda
Robert Marx ... Koerner
Christiane Rücker ... Krista (as Christiane Royce)
Margaret Oliver ... Paisan Woman
Alessandro Perrella ... Doctor (as Perrella Alessandro)
Roberto Fizz ... Paisan (as Bob Fiz)
Annamaria Tornello ... Raped Girl (as Tornello Annamaria)
Aristide Caporale ... Grave-Digger
Nicola Palumbo ... Agent (as Palumbo Nicola)
Mike Monty ... Paisan
Rossella Ferrero ... Paisan Woman
Ozzie Raghet ... Almut
Walter Saxer ... Warner

Directed by
Dick Randall  (as Robert H. Oliver)
 
Writing credits
Mark Smith (screenplay) &
William Rose (screenplay) &
Roberto Spano (screenplay)

Mario Francini  uncredited

Produced by
Dick Randall .... producer (as Robert H. Oliver)
G. Robert Straub .... executive producer
Oscar Brazzi .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Marcello Gigante 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Mancini (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Enzo Micarelli 
 
Art Direction by
Mario Ciccarella 
 
Makeup Department
John Amadei .... makeup artist
Stefano Trani .... hair stylist (as Stephen Trani)
 
Production Management
Emilio Cannaroli .... production inspector
Sergio Merolle .... production supervisor
Xiro Papas .... production director (as Ciro Papa)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renzo Girolami .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Paplardo .... property master
E. Rancati .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Tonino Cacciottolo .... sound effects (as Nino Caciuttolo)
Renato Cadueri .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianlorenzo Battaglia .... assistant camera (as John Laurence Battaglia)
Emilio Varriano .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Rossella Ferrero .... second secretary of production
Marina Grimaldi .... script supervisor
Egidio Ippoliti .... first secretary of production
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dr. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks" - USA (video title)
"Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
89 min | Canada:90 min
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Plot holes: The laboratory has a tiny chair for Henz the dwarf even though he isn't allowed in there.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Prefect:There's a bit of a monster in all of us... especially where there's fear.
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully Bizarre & Endearingly Cheap, 24 May 2007
Author: Steve Nyland (Squonkamatic) from New York, USA

FRANKENSTEIN'S CASTLE OF FREAKS is a genuine howler of a movie, an Italian "Sexy Horror" thriller made at the tail-end of the Euro Horror explosion and sleazy to a very enjoyable tee. Rossano Brazzi plays "Count Frankenstein", carrying on the family traditions of monster making using spare parts dug up from the local cemetery by his goon squad of misshapen, demented assistants. When the boneyard runs short of choice pickings he is not adversed to using the freshly murdered corpses of various supporting cast members.

The main thing to recommend this movie is it's audacity and utterly bizarre cacophony of weirdness that it hurls at the viewer. Almost nothing in the film is done in good taste, the assault on one's sense of propriety topped off by a scene where a mutated Neanderthal type & the lab midget kidnap a buxom young lass, tie her up, and enjoy the fruits of their labors. The film bombards viewers with a seemingly endless array of nude female bodies undressing, bathing, skinny dipping, and being ravished by the various goons in the gallery.

Little Person performer Michael Dunn -- best known for playing little Alexander on that weird STAR TREK episode with the telekinetic Platonians -- steals the show as the horny, vengeance minded dwarf. But the cast is actually filled with some top ranked Euro Genre talent: Luciano Pigozzi (best known for his work with Antonio Margheriti), frequent Euro Horror monster Xiro Papas, the always mousy Edmund Purdom, sexy Simone Blondell, and most fascinatingly Gladiator/Muscleman Matinée Idol Gordon Mitchell, who probably helped to finance the movie once the market for Spaghetti Westerns dried up.

I mean look, what can you say about a movie titled FRANKENSTEIN'S CASTLE OF FREAKS?? It's smutty, sleazy, non-pornographic monster movie mayhem, with a heavy emphasis on atmosphere & fleshy thrills over any sense of coherency. There's a Frankenstein monster (albeit without the Universal makeup look: Get over it, Frankenstein's monster can look any way someone wants), the sex-crazed dwarf, the Neanderthal (played by one Salvatore Baccaro, billed here as Boris Lugosi but best remembered by fans of Italo Sleaze as MONKEYBOY!! from Luigi Batzella's BEAST IN HEAT), women taking hot sauna baths together, some interesting gore effects, and drippings of Euro Horror atmosphere. The complete lack of morals sets it on a different plane than the Hammer horror films that it apes, but it's all in good fun, the low budget making it seem all the more patently absurd.

The reason why I call it a "howler" is that it's practically impossible to keep a straight face while watching a movie like this. One ends up howling with laughter not so much at how "bad" it is but how absurd the whole concoction seems. You also can't make 'em like this anymore, there is zero political correctness to be found, the attractive young women are all objectified into sex mavens and Count Frankenstein is mean to the little dwarf. If you can suspend your insistence on big-budget entertainment this is actually a sick, riotous little time killer that should make a fantastic party movie, provided of course all of your friends are a little sick.

6/10 for having the nerve to show it to us.

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