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Horror Castle (1963)

La vergine di Norimberga (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 15 August 1963 (Italy)
Women are being tortured to death with various torture devices in the dungeon of an old castle by a deformed, hooded, holocaust survivor.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson)

Writers:

Frank Bogart (novel), Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay and adaptation) (as Gastad Green) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rossana Podestà ... Mary Hunter
Georges Rivière ... Max Hunter (as George Riviere)
Christopher Lee ... Erich (as Cristopher Lee)
Laura Nucci ... Martha
Jim Dolen Jim Dolen ... John Selby
Leonardo Severini Leonardo Severini ... The Doctor
Anny Degli Uberti Anny Degli Uberti ... Kidnapped Woman
Luciana Milone Luciana Milone ... Trude
Mirko Valentin Mirko Valentin ... The General
Lucile Saint-Simon ... Hilde (as Lucille St. Simon)
Patrick Walton Patrick Walton ... (as Patrik Walton)
Carole Windsor Carole Windsor
Rex Vidor Rex Vidor
James Borden James Borden
Peter Hardy Peter Hardy
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Women are being tortured to death with various torture devices in the dungeon of an old castle by a deformed, hooded, holocaust survivor.

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Women's Virtues Made him a Killer!

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Horror

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 August 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Horror Castle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Lee's voice was dubbed by another actor for the English-language version. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie is set in Germany, palm trees can be seen during the exterior shots and the geography and exterior architecture denotes the landscape that of southern Europe. See more »

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Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

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Unique Gothic Horror
14 July 2001 | by rundbauchdodoSee all my reviews

This film by Antonio Margheriti certainly tells one of the most unusual stories ever told in a Gothic horror movie. Margheriti directed it through and through Gothic - the old, creepy castle, thunderstorms, secret passage ways, skulls piled up, medieval torture devices and so forth - but the story takes place in the presence.

The Bavarian town of Nuremberg made headlines after World War II: The biggest process against Nazi leaders was held there. So it's no surprise that the motive for the happenings in the film "La Vergine di Norimberga" directly rely on Nazi war atrocities - and to combine Gothic horror with the darkest chapter of German history is undoubtedly unique (the German version, however, censored the whole Nazi subplot and made the killer's motive much simpler - avoid this version at all costs). This combination may sound odd, but it works in this film perfectly and gives it also a "no war ever again"-statement that I fully support (but if one watches how many wars are always going on in all different places on earth, one really wonders if mankind has learned of the past war atrocities including WWII).

Christopher Lee gives another supporting role to remember, and Riz Ortolani's score is bombastic, but fits the Gothic atmosphere of the picture. There are some surprisingly gory moments in the film (concerning it was made in 1963), but they never make the impression of being gratuitous or senseless. I highly recommend this film not only to fans of the genre. The U.S.-video print from "Panther Video" (long out of print, though) presents a surprisingly good looking picture quality with lush colors and clear sound that would also make a fine DVD release possible.

My rating: 8 out of 10 - look for this gem!


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