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Filmed in Odescalchi Castle and Lake Bracciano near Rome. A group of dropouts find an old man (Lee) in a castle. The old man subsequently turns into the Devil and seizes them. Filmed in ... See full summary »

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Giuseppe Veggezzi (as Joseph Vegh)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Mephistoles
George Ardisson ... Gugo, the poet
Bella Cortez ... Free
Ulderico Sciaretta Ulderico Sciaretta ... (as Ulderico Sciarretta)
Lilli Parker Lilli Parker ... Jenny (as Lilly Parker)
Anita Dreyer Anita Dreyer ... Maga (as Anita Dreyver)
Mario Zakarti Mario Zakarti ... Gianni (as Mario Zacarti)
Adriana Ambesi Adriana Ambesi
Eva Gioia Eva Gioia
Piero Vida Piero Vida ... Padre Peo Remigio
Ettore Ribotta Ettore Ribotta ... (as Ettore Ribotti)
Sergio Gibello Sergio Gibello ... (as Sergio Gebello)
Pasquale Basile Pasquale Basile
Sonia Scotti Sonia Scotti ... Sonia, la cantante (as Sonia)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alma De Río Alma De Río
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Filmed in Odescalchi Castle and Lake Bracciano near Rome. A group of dropouts find an old man (Lee) in a castle. The old man subsequently turns into the Devil and seizes them. Filmed in 1963 and having a lavish publicity book issued the film wasn't released until 1965 due to the producer's death. Written by Gordon Harmer <peplumfan@home.com>

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Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 June 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Sfida al diavolo See more »

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Mono
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Sir Christopher Lee's voice was dubbed into Italian by another actor for this movie. See more »

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Castle of illusion.
18 April 2010 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"Katarsis" tells a simple story of six Italians stranded in the castle of illusion.The owner of the castle is Mephisto himself played by Christopher Lee.Three men and three women drink,dance and behave loudly.Suddenly Mephistopheles appears.The fun is over and the nightmare begins...Extremely obscure and moody Gothic romp which begins as a spy thriller and ends in a truly nightmarish fashion.The labyrinth of mirrors welcomes our sextet of protagonists.This is a Gothic tale of Faust,curses,ghosts and spiders that will have a cathartic effect on the lives of six unlucky Italians.The sequence of orgiastic dance is fun to watch and Christopher Lee appears for about ten minutes of screen time.The script is badly written,but I had a blast watching this ultra-obscure and unknown Italian horror flick.8 out of 10.


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