Castle Of Blood

Castle Of Blood

Georges Riviere
Director: Anthony M. Dawson Cast: Georges Riviere
Georges Riviere
, Barbara Steele
Barbara Steele
, Montgomery Glenn
Montgomery Glenn
Anthony M. Dawson

DVD (Wide Screen / Black & White)

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In this eerie and effective early horror film from prolific genre director Antonio Margheriti, Alan Foster (Georges Riviere), an American tourist visiting England, takes a bet from a Lord Blackwood and his guest, Edgar Allan Poe, to spend the night in a haunted mansion. The rationalist Foster, who does not believe in the supernatural, is soon drawn into a world of ghosts and phantoms, doomed to eternally replay the horrifying murders that climaxed a long-ago love triangle. Foster also finds himself in love with one of the protagonists, the beautiful Elizabeth (Barbara Steele), and it is a love which ensures that he never leaves the haunted castle alive. It's a marvelously atmospheric gothic thriller, one of the best Italian horror films of the decade, and quite properly made the enchantingly spooky Steele -- fresh from Mario Bava's La Maschera del Demonio -- even more of a horror icon. Riccardo Pallotini's evocative camerawork enhances the mood tremendously, and the shock scenes, though perhaps too tame for modern audiences, are nonetheless strikingly effective. Margheriti remade the film in widescreen color eight years later (as Nella Stretta Morsa del Ragno), but this version remains one of the handful of definitive Italian gothics. Silvano Tranquilli co-stars with Margaret Robsahm, Henry Kruger, and Umberto Raho.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2002
UPC: 0654930302095
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Synapse Films
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 23,591

Special Features

Uncensored international version; Brand new digital 1.78:1 transfer enhanced for widescreen tv; English and French with English subtitles; Original U.S. Castle of Blood theatrical trailer; Original U.S. Castle of Blood opening credit sequence; Liner notes from film historian, Tim Lucas; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [2:18]
2. Meeting Poe [4:34]
3. The Bet [3:55]
4. The Journey [6:49]
5. Alone? [6:06]
6. Meeting Elisabeth [7:06]
7. Julia Comes In [5:09]
8. Beautiful Kiss [4:21]
9. "I'm Dead, Alan" [3:15]
10. Dr. Carmus [6:20]
11. The Hour [5:55]
12. Rendezvous With Death [4:24]
13. "I Must Get Out!" [5:45]
14. The Tomb [4:19]
15. One Man's Destiny [3:49]
16. Locked In [3:34]
17. Foster's Turn [4:21]
18. "Goodbye, Alan" [3:17]
19. No Escape [3:37]

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