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Castle of Blood (1964)

Danza macabra (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 14 April 1965 (France)
A journalist takes a bet that he can spend the night in a haunted castle on All Hallow's Eve. During his stay, he bears witness to the castle's gruesome past coming to life before him, and falls in with a beautiful female ghost.


Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson), Sergio Corbucci (uncredited)


Giovanni Grimaldi (story) (as Jean Grimaud), Bruno Corbucci (story) (as Gordon Wilson Jr.) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Barbara Steele ... Elisabeth Blackwood
Georges Rivière ... Alan Foster
Margrete Robsahm ... Julia Alert
Arturo Dominici ... Dr. Carmus (as Henry Kruger)
Silvano Tranquilli ... Edgar Allan Poe (as Montgomery Glenn)
Sylvia Sorrente Sylvia Sorrente ... Elsi Perkings (as Sylvia Sorrent)
Umberto Raho ... Lord Thomas Blackwood (as Raul H. Newman)
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Herbert (as Phil Karson)
Benito Stefanelli ... William (as Ben Steffen)
Johnny Walters Johnny Walters
Merry Powers Merry Powers
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Peters John Peters
Salvo Randone ... Lester - the coachman


A writer accepts a bet that he cannot spend the night alone in a haunted castle on All Soul's Eve. Once night falls at the castle, several who had been murdered therein return to life, reliving their deaths and seeking to kill the writer for his blood in a vain attempt to stay alive beyond that one night. Barbara Steele, as one of the living dead, tries to aid his escape from the castle. Written by Dean Harris <hepcat@inch.com>

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They love only for blood! See more »




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Sergio Corbucci began filming but Antonio Margheriti took over after one week and signed the movie. See more »


Alan is supposed to be fatally impaled by a spike (which is what we see in close-up), but the spike in the swinging gate could only hit him tangentially. His body remains upright but there is no embedded spike to provide the necessary support. (In any case a supporting spike would need to be not in the gate but in the railing behind him.) See more »


Julia: Your blood will be our life!
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Crazy Credits

In the English dubbed version, composer Riz Ortolani is listed in the credits as "Ritz Ortolani." See more »


Featured in A Dance of Ghosts (2015) See more »

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A great horror film remembered
1 March 2010 | by timwaits9See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film at the West End theater in Louisville, Kentucky when I was a boy. The scene where Dr. Carmus finds the gardener's coffin, and the breathing dead body therein, was the scariest part of the movie for me, only intensified by the darkness of the film. I also wondered about the people hanging from the trees at the end, until I recognized the part of the film in which the family name of the Blackwoods was changed from Blackblood, due to the fact that in the family history there was a character who was known for his many hangings of various people. Sir Thomas Blackwood seemed to get his kicks out of adding to the deaths caused by his family. I also noticed that as Foster first enters the gate of the cemetery, he is careful in noticing the sharp object of the gate, where he meets his end. I would not hesitate to recommend this film to horror movie lovers.

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Release Date:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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