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At the height of her career as the dark goddess of Italian horror, the legendary Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY) delivered two of her most memorable performances in this tale of obsession, madness and depravity. Steele stars as a cheating wife who is chained, whipped and tortured to death by her sadistic scientist husband, and as her unstable blonde stepsister whose fate may be even more ghastly. Paul Muller (VAMPYROS LESBOS), Helga Line (HORROR EXPRESS) and Rik Battaglia (SISTER EMANUELLE) co-star in this twisted shocker directed by Mario Caiano, featuring stunning black & white cinematography by Enzo Barboni and the very first horror score by Ennio Morricone. Throw away all those inferior transfers from censored TV prints: This is NIGHTMARE CASTLE like you've never seen it before!
Featurette with Star Barbara Steele
Featurette with Director Mario Caiano
Top Customer Reviews
This movie is an ultra Gothic movie, with tons of atmosphere & some shocking gore scenes. The musical score is phenominal. You get Barbara Steele(Muriel Arrowsmith) in a dual role. She gets killed by her sicko husband Paul Muller (Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith) when she gets caught having an affair. He remarries a reletive of Barbara Steele(who is blond), Jenny Arrowsmith who inherited her sister's fortune. Now he wants to kill her & inherit it from her.
The murdered couple come back to haunt Dr Arrowsmith & Jenny until they get total vengeance. They get inside Jenny's head to where she thinks she is Muriel.
That is basically the movie in a nutshell, but what makes this above average is the heavy Gothic atmosphere. If you are in the mood to watch, you will very much enjoy the film. On top of that the transfer of Severin films is just fantastic, with a couple of minor glitches here and there, but overall the transfer is very sharp with blacks looking very solid as opposed to a faded worn looking transfer. Severin films is to be commended for this effort. Very much recommended !
I bought this new re-mastered version hoping for the best and I was not disappointed. The print is extremely clean and looks fantastic with a few very minor glitches. This version runs one hour and 40 plus minutes! Which is considerably longer than any print I've ever seen.
The film is dripping with wonderful gothic atmosphere and filmed in glorious black and white. It's a great movie if your a fan of these creepy old horror film and this version also includes some interesting extras. A thirty minute interview with Barbara Steele, a 14 minute interview with the director and a couple of U.K. trailers for the film.
This film has never looked better and if you're a fan this is a must buy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Considered by many to be one of Barbara Steele's best Gothic horror films. A scientist working at his wife's castle, kills his wife after finding her with the gardener. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Smith
Nice to see this old chestnut once again. As camp as I remember it being.Barbara Steele at her youthful best. Always enjoyaPublished 4 months ago by jim h
A faithful servant (Helga Line as Solange) helps her master (Paul Muller as Stephen Arrowsmith) catch his unfaithful wife (Barbara Steele as Muriel) with the gardener in their... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Einsatz
After having bought this Blueray, I have to say, I am going to be more careful in my purchases. I had earlier a grainy DVD. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NICOLAS