16 April 2014

Castle of Blood (1964)
90 min.
Directed by Antonio Margheriti.
With Barbara Steele, Georges Riviere, Henry Kruger, Margarete Robsahm, Montgomery Glenn, Phil Karson.
After meeting author Edgar Allan Poe and suggesting that the poet's works are based purely in the realm of imagination, an unwitting reporter (Riviere) accepts a wager to spend a night in a supposedly cursed castle.

Once there, he discovers the strangely compelling Elisabeth Blackwood (Steele) along with a whole host of unusual folks, all of them undead and each determined to play out their individual deaths before him.

Provocative ghost story is given good life here, aided by the strong presences of Steele and Robsahm. Dr. Carmus' discovery of the castle's tombs a truly great terror image. Clever and wonderfully timed finale.

Also known as The Long Night of Terror and Danse Macabre.

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