Review of Nightmare Castle

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Year: 1965 - Runtime: 101 - Director: Mario Caiano - Writer(s): Mario Caiano, Fabio De Agostini
Country: Italy - Language: Italian - Parental Guide: NR - Color: BW

Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆


I’m beginning to grow more fond of old horror films, especially with my disillusionment with modern horror. And this film is one of the better old horror films I’ve found. A mad scientist finds his wife cheating on him with the butler. After torturing them with electric shock and other gruesome methods (whippings, beatings) he finally kills them. But to get the inheritance from his wife’s family, he has to marry her lunatic sister who is now cursed with the spirit of his dead wife. On top of this, we have an old women who remains young with the blood of the dead wife, who feels the dried and cold blood inside her. Sounds good, right? And it is. The only thing that could have been better was the dubbing from Italian to English, but after the first five minutes you hardly notice anymore. The black and white really sets a mood and the fact the blood is black (because it can’t be red) makes it seem even more sinister than it had to be. Recommended for those who are sick of Hollywood pumping horror films out for little girls.

Reason to Watch

Barbara Steele has a dual role in this Italian production concerning a mad scientist who tortures his unfaithful wife and her lover to death only to have them return from the grave for revenge. With a score by Ennio Morricone. I advice for you to watch also.


Country & date on which movie released Italy 16 July 1965 France 5 June 1966 USA 5 July 1966 Movie is also called with different names around the world. Movie name Location Amants d’outre tombe, Les France Lovers Beyond the Tomb (undefined) Lovers from Beyond the Tomb (undefined) Night of the Doomed UK Nightmare Castle USA Orgasmo (undefined) Stoiheiomenos pyrgos Greece The Faceless Monster (undefined)

Most Memorable Quote(s)

A mad, sadistic scientist on the loose!

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

A sadistic count tortures and murders his unfaithful wife and her lover, then removes their hearts from their bodies. Years later, the count remarries and the new wife experiences nightmares and hauntings. The ghosts of the slain return to exact their bloody revenge, until their hearts are destroyed.


Director Mario Caiano initially wanted to highlight the gory scenes with red color. The idea was dropped due to budget limitations.

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Justification for Rating

A horrible scenes , which are scary, but worthful to watch and its not waste of time watching it .

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