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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.

Directors:

Sergio Corbucci (as Gordon Wilson Jr.), Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

Sergio Corbucci (screenplay) (as Gordon Wilson Jr.), Sergio Corbucci (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The living and the dead change places in an orgy of terror! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

14 April 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Castle of Blood See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Elisabeth Blackwood: [in a ghostly voice-over] You have stayed with me, Alan.
Alan Foster: [in a ghostly voice-over] Yes, Elizabeth.
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Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

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One of the better Italian horror films of the 60's
8 August 1999 | by evilskipSee all my reviews

Two men(one being Edgar Allen Poe) in an English pub have drinks with a man eager to earn some quick money.He is dared to spend the night in a haunted house for a quite tidy sum.The catch is the dead of this particular house rise this very night.Previous people that have taken the dare didn't survive. The man takes the dare in spite of the warning.

Once inside the tension begins to rise as the man is joined by previous occupants of the house.He is forced to watch their very own violent deaths as they are repeated this particular night every year.The ghosts then try to lure the young man into joining them,even the ghost(Barbara Steele) who has fallen in love with him.Will he survive to see the dawn?

This is a very well made film.The scares are frequent and you actually care about several of the characters,ghosts included. The house/castle is grim and foreboding.The photography is great and Ms Steele never looked lovelier.

The ending is a real twist that you won't see coming.Give this one an 8!


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