Castle of Blood

Directed By: Anthony M. Dawson Starring: Barbara Steele

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Good groan opera

by Monos Una on 5/14/2008

Print (Synapse, c2002, "Uncensored International Version"; I used the French soundtrack) has 2 or 3 flaws in the form of abrupt jumps in the sound and image, but the print is good overall. Restorations were few and brief. Atmosphere rather than plot. At times characters materialize like statuary mounted on the turntable of a municipal Swiss clock. Operatic, a staged spectacle. Then, they engage in urgent, hushed confabulations of sexual intrigue and frissons. Prosaic, a hormonal recitatif. Rather boudoir than dungeon. Steele and Robsahm do an outtake from Genet's "The Balcony". It is not Peter Falk who intervenes. Barbara Steele + Edgar Poe + some European chest thrown in to keep the boys awake (and, thereby, the girls). '60's black and white; good of its kind. Read More

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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.


Studio Ventura
SKU 40169468
UPC 654930302095
UPC 14 00654930302095
Format DVD
Release Date 10/22/2002
Rating NR
Sales Rank 3406
Cult Film
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note While in London, author Edgar Allan Poe wagers that British journalist Alan Foster can't spend an entire night in the haunted castle of Poe's friend Sir Thomas Blackwood. Foster accepts, and once inside the castle, he meets various men and women, who explain to him that they are lost souls being forced to reenact their demises on the anniversary of the day that they occurred. This atmospheric, deeply gothic slice of Euro-horror was originally available in America only in an edited version.
Anthony M. Dawson
Barbara Steele
Cast & Crew
Barbara Steele - Star
George Riviere - Star
Giovanni Grimaldi - Screenwriter
Sergio Corbucci - Screenwriter
Edgar Allan Poe - Source Writer
Anthony M. Dawson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1964
Catalog ID 0020
UPC 00654930302095
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 89 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language French
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English, French
DVD, Uncensored, Original, Trailers
Product Attributes
Actor Riviere,Georges
Label Cav Distributing
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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