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The Blancheville Monster (1963)

Horror (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 6 June 1963 (Italy)
The beautiful young daughter of a crazed count fears that she will fall victim to the family curse - to be sacrificed to fulfill an ancient family legend.

Director:

Alberto De Martino (as Martin Herbert)

Writers:

Giovanni Grimaldi (screenplay) (as Jean Grimaud), Bruno Corbucci (screenplay) (as Gordon Wilson Jr.)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gérard Tichy ... Rodéric De Blancheville
Leo Anchóriz ... Doctor LaRouche
Ombretta Colli Ombretta Colli ... Emilie De Blancheville (as Joan Hills)
Helga Liné ... Miss Eleonore, the Housekeeper
Irán Eory ... Alice Taylor
Vanni Materassi ... John Taylor (as Richard Davis)
Paco Morán Paco Morán ... Alistair, the Butler (as Frank Moran)
Emilia Wolkowicz Emilia Wolkowicz ... Cook (as Emily Wolkowicz)
Harry Winter Harry Winter ... Gamekeeper
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Storyline

The beautiful young daughter of a crazed count fears that she will fall victim to the family curse - to be sacrificed to fulfill an ancient family legend.

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Unrated

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

6 June 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blancheville Monster See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

On most of the interior shots, the coldness of the air can be seen by the breath of the actors. See more »

Goofs

When John is carried into the castle, wounded, Alice calls his name but her lips are not moving. See more »

Quotes

Rodrigue De Blancheville: What is it? Do you need something?
Alice Taylor: No. But, it... up in the tower... I saw... oh, my God.
Rodrigue De Blancheville: Will you tell me what you're talking about.
Alice Taylor: I tell you... there was a man, I saw him. He was a monster and his hands were all covered with blood. He was shouting. I tell you, I saw...
Rodrigue De Blancheville: There's no one in the tower. Are you sure that it wasn't just your imagination?
Alice Taylor: No, it couldn't have been. I tell you, I really saw him. And he was together with your housekeeper, Miss Eleonore.
Rodrigue De Blancheville: Elenore? We can go up together...
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Another interesting Italian horror
18 January 2008 | by soquel_joshSee all my reviews

I sought out this little gem after reading about it in Tim Lucas' bio of Mario Bava. Lucas believes the effects in this 1962 b/w strongly resemble Bava's technical flourishes. I sought out this title for this reason, but also because I collect films of the era containing the word 'monster' in the title. I also have a growing appreciation for Gothic Italian horror and mystery. After snapping it up on Amazon for about five bucks including postage, I am pleased to announce that it was well worth my time and effort.

There is a lot to like about this movie, including an eerie score and loads of captivating locations and sets; the crumbling abbey is reminiscent of Universal's "Dracula" but much more realistic and effectively photographed. Moments of the film seem over the top, and overcooked, but it stands up well for its time overall. This is especially desirable to those of us who recall the old Shock Theatre days of television, and enjoy Italian Gothic horror of the 60s.


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