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The Long Hair of Death (1965)

I lunghi capelli della morte (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 30 April 1965 (Italy)
In a 15th-century feudal village, a woman is accused of witchcraft and put to death. Her beautiful older daughter knows the real reason for the execution lies in the lord's sexual desire ... See full summary »

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson)

Writers:

Ernesto Gastaldi (story) (as Julian Berry), Tonino Valerii (dialogue) (as Robert Bohr) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Steele ... Helen Karnstein / Mary Karnstein
George Ardisson ... Baron Kurt Humboldt
Halina Zalewska ... Lisabeth Karnstein
Umberto Raho ... Von Klage, prete (as Robert Rains)
Laura Nucci ... Grumalda (as Laureen Nuyen)
Giuliano Raffaelli ... Count Humboldt (as Jean Rafferty)
Nello Pazzafini ... Monk, servante (as John Carey)
Jeffrey Darcey Jeffrey Darcey ... Embougr, messaggero
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In a 15th-century feudal village, a woman is accused of witchcraft and put to death. Her beautiful older daughter knows the real reason for the execution lies in the lord's sexual desire for her mother. After confronting the lord on the matter, she, too, is killed. A much younger daughter is spared and taken in by her mother's killers. Once she is of age, as a horrible, deadly plague sweeps the land, she marries the lord's worthless son. Then, during a brutal thunderstorm, the older daughter mysteriously reappears and begins to avenge her mother's death. Written by Dean Harris <hepcat@inch.com>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 April 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Hair of Death See more »

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Production Co:

Cinegai S.p.A. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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fear, excitement and terror all at the same time
8 September 2017 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Very disappointing and surely one of Antonio Margheriti's less effective films. The beginning is great and the ending even more so, while Barbara Steele looks fantastic throughout. Its what happens between the start and finish that is of concern. This is a revenge movie where the main protagonist appears not to realise there is a task in hand. Lots of walking along corridors and up and down stairs and stone steps - some admittedly stylishly Gothic with flowing robes and dark shadows. But we seem to be treading water all the time, silently urging Babs to get her act together. Watching Steele go about the castle it is once again so evident that that face can literally convey fear, excitement and terror all at the same time. It is quite uncanny, but sadly not made enough of here.


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