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Release date: 1970 France/Italy/West Germany
Running time: 85' (Italy 109') - Source: VHS PAL
Rating: Germ.: 16; US: R
Main Crew: Director: Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson) (Cannibal Apocalypse 1980;
               And God Said To Cain 1970; Castle Of Blood 1964; Horror Castle 1963)
Producer: Paris-Cannes Productions / Produzione DC7 / Terra Filmkunst
Score: Riz Ortolani
Writer: Giovanni Adessi / Bruno Corbucci / Giovanni Grimaldi / Antonio Margheriti
Director of photography: Guglielmo Mancori (as Memmo Mancori) / Sandro
                                        Mancori / Silvano Spagnoli


Summary: Writer Alan Foster (Anthony Franciosa) accepts a bet from Edgar Allan Poe (Klaus Kinski) and his friend Lord Thomas Blackwood(Enrico Osterman). NO ONE has ever survived a night in Blackwood's castle, but the skeptical Foster, a journalist and realist, gladly accepts the dare. The castle is striking and scary, which soon begins to affect Foster's mind. He meets Blackwood's sister Elisabeth (Michele Mercier) and the jealous Julia (Karin Field). Julia's portrait has intrigued him earlier, but it is Elisabeth whom Foster beds, only to see her stabbed by a stranger. The attacker's body vanishes after Foster kills him, and he quickly realizes that the castle is inhabited by vampiric ghosts. Foster must survive the horrors of the night and hold on to not only his life, but his sanity as well.

Our Ranking

short review:

Metaphysical mystery thriller with a great and obsessive Kinski (as always, unfortunately he has not a lead role), the ambience reminds you on the great Hammer Film productions, the story is suspensefull - so everything's alright? No, not everything! The story-telling is a bit slow-paced, the score is really weird (Ok, not really an important topic), but most of all, it's not much of a vampire story!

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