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The Castle of the Living Dead (1964)

Il castello dei morti vivi (original title)
Count Drago invites entertainers to his castle, but what the people don't know is that Drago mummifies animals and humans.

Directors:

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

Writers:

Paul Maslansky (story), Warren Kiefer (story) | 2 more credits »
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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
Antonio De Martino Antonio De Martino ... Nick (as Anthony Martin)
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Policeman (as David Pappas) (as Renato Terra Caizzi)
Luigi Bonos Luigi Bonos ... Marc (as Lewis Bonos) (as Luigi W. Bonos)
Ennio Antonelli Ennio Antonelli ... Gianni (as Ike Pollack)
Jacques Stany Jacques Stany ... Bruno (as Jack Stany)
Luciano Pigozzi ... Dart (as Luke Pigozzi)
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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:

The Castle of the Living Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Bomarzo, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This is Donald Sutherland's first movie. His son Kiefer shares his name with co-Director Warren Kiefer. See more »

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Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland and a Dwarf Walk Into a Bar...
31 October 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Low budget Italian horror film is no big shakes but there's a few things worth mentioning about it. First, it's Donald Sutherland's film debut (in two roles, no less). Why they had him dress up as old hag I do not know. Budgetary reasons I suppose. Sutherland does nothing to impress in his debut. We also have the great Christopher Lee slumming here and giving a typically solid Lee performance, though not his best. There's also a dwarf among the circus performers. He's pretty good and gets to be a hero, which will impress certain types.

The story is about a troupe of circus performers summoned to a castle to entertain the mysterious Count Drago (Lee). Little do they know Drago is a weirdo who performs experiments involving embalming animals and people. This certainly sounds intriguing enough but somehow the film manages to be unexceptional and, for the most part, boring. Lee completists and Spaghetti horror fans will want to check it out. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.


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