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Terror-Creatures from the Grave (1965)

5 tombe per un medium (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | April 1966 (USA)
An attorney arrives at a castle to settle the estate of its recently deceased owner. The owner's wife and daughter reveal that he was someone who was able to summon the souls of ancient ... See full summary »


Massimo Pupillo (as Ralph Zucker)


Ruth Carter (adaptation), Cesare Mancini (adaptation) | 5 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Steele ... Cleo Hauff
Walter Brandi ... Albert Kovac (as Walter Brandt)
Mirella Maravidi ... Corinne Hauff (as Marilyn Mitchell)
Alfredo Rizzo Alfredo Rizzo ... Dr. Nemek (as Alfred Rice)
Riccardo Garrone ... Joseph Morgan (as Richard Garrett)
Luciano Pigozzi ... Kurt, the Gardener (as Alan Collins)
Ennio Balbo Ennio Balbo ... Oscar Stinnel (as Edward Bell)
René Wolf René Wolf
Tilde Till Tilde Till ... Louise, the Maid
Steve Robinson Steve Robinson
Lewis Czerny Lewis Czerny
Peter Sarto Peter Sarto
Armand Garner Armand Garner


An attorney arrives at a castle to settle the estate of its recently deceased owner. The owner's wife and daughter reveal that he was someone who was able to summon the souls of ancient plague victims and, in fact, his spirit was roaming the castle at that very moment. Soon occupants of the castle begin to die off in gruesome, violent ways. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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April 1966 (USA) See more »

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Terror-Creatures from the Grave See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Massimo Pupillo wasn't satisfied with the final result of the film, and allowed the film's producer, Ralph Zucker, to take the director's credit instead even though Zucker hadn't directed any scenes. This has later led people to confuse Pupillo and Zucker for one another. See more »


The town clerk keeps referring to Jeronimus Hauff as having died on May 2nd (at least in the English dub). However, the closeup of Hauff's tombstone gives the date as "2-4", which in European notation is April 2nd. See more »


Jeronimus Hauff: I summoned them from their graves, and now I have become one of them.
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5 Tombe Per Un Medium
22 February 2011 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

When an Italian Gothic Horror film from the 60s stars Barbara Steele, this is more or less the recipe for cinematic perfection, at least in the mind of yours truly. The wonderful Miss Steele, doubtlessly the most iconic Horror actress ever, is best known for her fantastic roles in some of the most fascinating Italian Horror films, including Mario Bava's masterpiece LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO ("Black Sunday"/"The Mask of Satan", 1960), Antonio Margheriti's masterpiece DANZA MACABRA ("Castle of Blood", 1964) and I LUNGHI CAPELLI DELLA MORTE ("The Long Hair of Death", 1964), Mario Caiano's AMANTI D'OLTRETOMBA ("Nightmare Castle", 1965), Camillo Mastrocinque's UN ANGELO PER SATANA (1964), and Riccardo Freda's L'ORRIBILE DR. HICHCOCK and LO SPETTRO. Outside Italy, she starred in another one of the all-time greatest Gothic Horror films, Roger Corman's PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961), alongside fellow Horror legend Vincent Price. While Massimo Pupillo's 5 TOMBE PER UN MEDIUM aka. TERROR CREATURES FROM THE GRAVE (1965) is not among the most memorable Italian Horror films starring Steele, it is nonetheless an entertaining and creepy little flick that my fellow Eurohorror buffs should enjoy.

In 1911, the attorney Albert Kovac (Walter Brandi) arrives at a Gothic castle in order to settle the will of the owner, Jeronimus Hauff. Hauff died one year earlier, but insisted in being interred for a year, before being re-buried. The castle is now inhabited by Hauff's daughter Corinne (Mirella Marvadi) his second wife, Corinne's step-mother Cleo (Barbara Steele), and the caretaker Kurt (Luciano Pigozzi). The rest of the personnel leaves the castle by night, since it is said to be haunted. In the 15th century, the Hauff castle had been the scene of the grisly execution of several man accused of deliberately spreading the plague out of pure malice. At the attorney's arrival, the village near the castle is struck by a series of mysterious and violent deaths...

As almost all Italian Gothic Horror films, this one is elegantly filmed and supported by a moody score. For 1965 standards, the film includes several moments of rather explicit gore. The death scenes are great and there are some awesome macabre set-pieces such as a glass showcase displaying severed hands. While there is no explicit sleaze or nudity, the film delivers some mild erotic scenes, such as Barbara Steele taking a bath. The settings are nice, and the film maintains an eerie atmosphere from the start. The storyline is not too coherent, and, sadly, Barbara Steele's screen-time is very limited. Apart from Barbara Steele, the most well-known face in the film is Italian cult regular Luciano Pigozzi, who is known for his resemblance to Peter Lorre, and who was part of countless Italian genre flicks from the 60s to the 80s.

Overall, 5 TOMBE PER UN MEDIUM is not one of the highlights in Barbara Steele's Italian Horror filmography; however, this has to be seen in the context that the film is in excellent company. Italian Gothic Horror films with Barabara Steele are generally as atmospheric and great as Horror cinema gets, and even this lesser one is a highly entertaining film that Cult lovers should not miss. Barbara Steele, we worship thee!

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