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Il castello dei morti vivi (1964)

Count Drago invites entertainers to his castle, but what the people don't know is that Drago mummifies animals and humans.

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Warren Kiefer, Luciano Ricci (as Herbert Wise) | 1 more credit »

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Warren Kiefer (story), Warren Kiefer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Count Drago
Gaia Germani Gaia Germani ... Laura
Philippe Leroy ... Eric
Mirko Valentin Mirko Valentin ... Sandro
Donald Sutherland ... Sgt. Paul / The witch / The old man
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Policeman (as Renato Terra Caizzi)
Antonio De Martino Antonio De Martino ... Nick
Luciano Pigozzi ... Dart
Ennio Antonelli Ennio Antonelli ... Gianni
Jacques Stany Jacques Stany ... Bruno
Luigi Bonos Luigi Bonos ... Marc (as Luigi W. Bonos)
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Storyline

All'inizio dell'800 una compagnia di girovaghi è specializzata in uno spettacolo durante il quale viene messa in scena una falsa impiccagione. Durante un sosta vengono invitati dal conte Drago nel suo castello. L'arlecchino della compagnia viene licenziato da Bruno dopo una lite ed il suo posto viene preso da Eric, ex ufficiale. E così partono per il castello; per strada incontrano una vecchia che predice loro che arrivati a destinazione alcuni incontreranno la morte. Nella foresta vedono inoltre un corvo che sembra vivo, ma vivo non è. E infine giungono al castello dove, dietro una porta aperta, trovano ad attenderli una sala piena di uccelli imbalsamati, o che almeno lo sembrano. Fa quindi la sua comparsa il conte Drago. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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He lured beautiful women to his evil castle and induced them into a state of living death until infinity! See more »


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 August 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Crypt of Horror See more »

Filming Locations:

Bomarzo, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Filmsonor,Francinor,Serena See more »
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Mono
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The scriptures quoted by Count Drago (Sir Christopher Lee) at the grave site include Psalm 90:4-6 and 1 Corinthians 15: 51-52. See more »

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A film seen as a boy, still amuses the best of us dwarf cinema voyeurs.
1 November 2005 | by cuzdoggSee all my reviews

A delightful B-Horror film filled with odd characters, shadowed corridors, and a decent plot...Castle of the Living Dead, when viewed late at night, will keep the viewer more amused than scared. I first saw this film as a boy and forever thereafter, tried to remember the title so I could see it again. Where else can you find a movie other than Lord of the Rings, with a heroic dwarf (wish he was born later in life so that he could have played Frodo)and his side kick deaf-mute giant (perhaps the inspiration for Miller's MasterBlaster), Donald Sutherland as a witch and a bungling police/soldier (keeping his trademark smirk in tact), and a beautiful female victim that is saved from poisoning by a thirsty cat. Also, two other performances must be given honorable mention...the sullen Cristopher Lee playing Count Drago, who bears the resemblance of a Gothic Heroin addict..and his henchman Sandro, whose bulging eyes and psycho-drenched laugh, make for added cinema enjoyment. This is a foreign film and carries some of the Socio-pathic drama an early 1960's horror film might entail. No graphic slashing here, but the dart in the eye of the lowly deaf/mute delivers a taste for future gore films. The dubbing is close enough to understand and keeps in pace with the film's B- status. The plot line is basic, but interesting...taking place just after the Napoleanic Wars, a mad Count who is interested in science, discovers a way of prolonging life...only his results are stereotypically creepy. When a traveling troupe of circus performers are bid to come and entertain at his castle, the plot enfolds into a all-out who is going to live and who is going to die story. Sutherland's witch character prophesizes this much, so the tension mounts towards who the final survivors will be. I loved the set of this movie, which must have been filmed on location. The Castle's giant faced back entrance is a must see and the huge stone animal objects in the entangled gardens, make this Black and White film eerie and strange. Wind, shadows, moonlit night, large castle chambers and outdoor gardens...all the makings of a chilling tale. I highly recommend this film, but suggest to view it only late, late, late night...with a pot of popcorn and maybe with one friend. Also, this could be a perfect slumber party film, as well...but would be so with differing results. For when you add these odd Castle of the Living Dead characters, with a mixture of humorous comments and tired people...the outcome is sure to create a cult film status for a new generation of viewers.

cuzdogg


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