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also known as Amanti d'oltretomba

Nightmare Castle1965

  • 3.5
At the height of her career as the dark goddess of Italian horror, the legendary Barbara Steele 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, Helga Liné and Rik Battaglia co-star in this twisted shocker directed by Mario Caiano, featuring stunning black and white cinematography by Enzo Barboni and the very first horror score by Ennio Morricone. [Unfortunately, NIGHTMARE CASTLE is presently only available with an English-dubbed dialogue track. Dubbing is generally avoided whenever possible (though not an option in this particular instance).]

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Moody, dark and gothic!!!! Enjoyable horror with a downright CREEPY climax. Barbara Steele is magnificent as always.

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Moody, dark and gothic!!!! Enjoyable horror with a downright CREEPY climax. Barbara Steele is magnificent as always.

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It's no “Black Sunday,” but Barbara Steele makes routine Italian Gothic-Horror flick entertaining. It’s her huge eyes, conveying stark, paralyzing terror one moment, sadistic, vengeful fury in the next. She's like a figure from a Margaret Keane painting come to life—and out for blood!

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Wonderfully over-the-top mish mash of gothic horror tropes. Dark experiments, madness, gaslighting, doubling, imprisonment in castles, its all here. Throw in a bit of Poe´s "Tell-Tale Heart" and Rebecca´s Mrs Danvers and you´ve got a bubbling cauldron of sorts. Barbara Steele is magnificent as always. My favourite type of horror.

A bit much. I didn't finish it.