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The Faceless Monster (1966)

Barbara Steele , Paul Muller , Mario Caiano  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné, Marino Masé, Giuseppe Addobbati
  • Directors: Mario Caiano
  • Writers: Mario Caiano, Fabio De Agostini
  • Producers: Carlo Caiano
  • Format: Black & White, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Retro Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KK2R
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Faceless Monster" on IMDb

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  • Barbara Steele gallery

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Barbara Steele fans can finally see the complete and uncut version of The Faceless Monster (aka Night of the Doomed) for the first time in this special Letterboxed 100 Minute edition. Barbara's unfaithful antics result in torture, murder, evil twins and revenge from beyond the grave. An absolute MUST for fans of Italian horror.

Product Description

Known in U.S. distribution as Nightmare Castle, this eerie Gothic thriller offers two Barbara Steele for the price of one. Steele first portrays the wife of a deranged scientist (Paul Muller) whose latest experiments involve electro-stimulation of human b

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so Video Transfer... Still Worth Owning May 5, 2003
Format:DVD
Like the other posts have mentioned: the video quality is decidedly poor. It seems to have been taken from a videotape source due to the numerous drop outs that are evident througout. Still, it's by far the best version available (aka Nightmare Castle on other low-quality labels) and it's far from unwatchable and even fairly crisp in spots. The audio is okay, the dubbed dialogue is clear even if there's a slight hiss to it.

As for the film... it's a blast! This is my favorite Barbara Steele performance and she plays two roles: the insatiable, insane, raven-haired Muriel and the demure, blonde and driven insane Jenny. The whole thing's encased in a fog-thick atmosphere of dread, sadism and passion that even outdoes many of the Corman/Poe adaptions. Witness the doctor's torture of Muriel and her lover and then Muriel's gleeful climactic revenge. Pretty powerful stuff even by today's standards... and although it's draggy in spots it has many memorable scenes that make it worthwhile.

The print's uncut and 100 min. It's incorrectly framed at what looks like 1.50:1 instead of 1.66:1 and the first couple of credit titles are video generated. There also seems to be some new sound efx of crickets and such added over the first scene for some inexplicable reason.

The box cover art is hideously wretched (doesn't Retromedia have a designer that knows rudimentary Photoshop?). The slightly animated menus are passable as is a small photo gallery set to Ennio Morricone's cool theme.

Again, the quality should have been better but if you can score it for $... so (and you're a fan) than it's definitely worth it... until a superior version comes along.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DREADFUL TRANSFER ! March 3, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I adore Barbara Steele, but this transfer is truly one of the worst DVD transferd ever. It looks to have been mastered from a videotape without any type of effort to clean it up whatsoever. It has a constant fluttering throughout most of the film which gives the picture a quality that is NOT in anyway seamless.
The box art is [bad] and this is definateley a sub par release.
In comparison with SYNAPSE'S beautiful job on CASTLE OF BLOOD starring BARBARA STEELE this disc is an atrocity.
THE ONLY REASON to buy this DVD is if you are such a fanatic for BARBARA STEELE that you cannot wait for someone else to put out a better copy. Surely, and hopefully, someone will. Cuz RETROMEDIA'S release would not even be competition if someone came out with an even slightly better version.
I mean they should pay people to watch this disc rather than charge them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am in Dork Heaven! May 5, 2006
Format:DVD
I've been looking high and low for an uncut version of this movie and Retro Media has done a bang-up job of restoring it. The transfer is clear, the sound quality is top-natch and Barbara does her own dub! ( insert pathetic squeal of joy ) The still gallery was a nice bonus too. Retro Media, you are truly gods among men. Keep up the good work. So, if you're a gothic Italian horror/Barbara Steele buff, then this is a sound investment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Steele Gets Wicked... March 28, 2005
Stephen, an evil, sadistic mad scientist lives in an old castle with his beautiful wife, Muriel (Barbara Steele). He has no idea that Muriel's been getting real familiar with David the gardener. One evening, he catches them getting busy in the greenhouse and goes ballistic! He takes the two down to his private dungeon, chains them up, tortures them, then electrocutes them together! Well, Muriel has an identical twin step-sister named Jenny (Babs again) who stands to inherit all of Muriel's vast fortune. So, hubby tracks her down and marries her! This doesn't sit well with his house-keeper / partner in crime, Solange. She never figured on more competition! Not to worry, Stephen plans on driving Jenny crazy, so she can be declared incompetant, therefore forfeiting her right to her sister's land and money. All goes well, until Jenny begins hearing Muriel's ghost laughing and telling her to do strange things. Soon, Muriel appears with David's ghost in order to exact their grizzly vengeance. Ms. Steele looks really creepy! NIGHTMARE CASTLE allows her to be a truly evil presence, full of remorseless hate and malice! Highly recommended...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Transfer... Still Worth Owning May 5, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Like the other posts have mentioned: the video quality is decidedly poor. It seems to have been taken from a videotape source due to the numerous drop outs that are evident througout. Still, it's by far the best version available (aka Nightmare Castle on other low-quality labels) and it's far from unwatchable and even fairly crisp in spots. The audio is okay, the dubbed dialogue is clear even if there's a slight hiss to it.
As for the film... it's a blast! This is my favorite Barbara Steele performance and she plays two roles: the insatiable, insane, raven-haired Muriel and the demure, blonde and driven insane Jenny. The whole thing's encased in a fog-thick atmosphere of dread, sadism and passion that even outdoes many of the Corman/Poe adaptions. Witness the doctor's torture of Muriel and her lover and then Muriel's gleeful climactic revenge. Pretty powerful stuff even by today's standards... and although it's draggy in spots it has many memorable scenes that make it worthwhile.
The print's uncut and 100 min. It's incorrectly framed at what looks like 1.50:1 instead of 1.66:1 and the first couple of credit titles are video generated. There also seems to be some new sound efx of crickets and such added over the first scene for some inexplicable reason.
The box cover art is hideously wretched (doesn't Retromedia have a designer that knows rudimentary Photoshop???). The slightly animated menus are passable as is a small photo gallery set to Ennio Morricone's cool theme.
Again, the quality should have been WAY better but if you can score it for [cheap] (and you're a fan) than it's definitely worth it... until a superior version comes along.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars EFFECTIVE CREEPY CHILLER! POOR DVD TRANSFER! :-(
'Nightmare Castle' is one of those films that I saw at a young age. It has haunted me until now as I never knew the title of this film but, remembered it's unforgettable finale! Read more
Published on February 26, 2008 by ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't think so . .
This version claims to be digitally remastered, but it doesn't look like it to me. I actually prefer the Alpha Video version, the print quality isn't as dark and indistinct. Read more
Published on January 1, 2008 by Nigel Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars ONLY 81 MN
OK I DON'T THE OTHERS DVD OF THIS MOVIE IT SEEMS THEY ARE 3 BUT THIS ONE IS NOT THE INTEGRAL VERSION ONLY 81 MN AND NOT 101 MN AS INDICATED SO I DON T KNOW WHAT IS THE... Read more
Published on January 15, 2007 by Marc Bouhana
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Meets the Eye
This horror film is distinguished with a rather intriguing and complex plot raising it far above the routine and mundane Italian horror film genre output of the 60s. Read more
Published on November 17, 2006 by gobirds2
3.0 out of 5 stars "I'm going to rid you of your vulgar ways..."
I have to say, I wasn't all that impressed with Nightmare Castle (1965). Perhaps the problem lies within the presentation. Read more
Published on August 25, 2005 by cookieman108
3.0 out of 5 stars Average horror movie, with a hauntingly strange Steele.
[Refers to VHS edition]. This movie of two sisters (both played by Steele) and her scientist husband, concerns her revenge for her husband's killing of her, when he catches her in... Read more
Published on June 7, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic Horror From 1965
Nightmare Castle, originally released in 1965, stars Barbara Steele, the leading "scream queen" of the 60's. She starred in countless of horror films through the 60's. Read more
Published on May 6, 2004 by Rudy Avila
5.0 out of 5 stars SEE THIS MOVIE
I lovee this movie so much from the opening scene to the credits.Starring legendary horror queen Barbara Steele this movie is quite a laugh with more over acting bad special... Read more
Published on February 23, 2004 by Mrs. Barbara M. Muirhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely incomprehensible! Must see!!
I saw this movie in a dark Dark DARK private club in Chicago recently and have no idea how much of it I might have missed. Read more
Published on February 18, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars a double helping of Steele
Another Spaghetti horror that helped propel the stunning Barbara Steele to the top as Queen of Horror films. Read more
Published on November 4, 2003 by Deborah MacGillivray
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