"Nightmare Castle" Review

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Being a fan of black & white films and gothic horror films I knew I was in for a grand film when I began to watch this one especially with the great Barbara Steele. First off we'll get into the acting in this film and go from there. The acting in this film is exactly what I expected and that is perfect in every way, Barbara Steele does an amazing job playing dual roles as both the killed wife and the new wife. The rest of the cast does a great job as well and really pull off their characters quite well without making their roles in the film stale. The pacing of the film can be slow but it does keep steady for the most part and what's great is they don't take forever to get the return of the 2 to comeback for revenge. What helps the atmosphere of this film is the haunting score done by Ennio Morricone and for it being his first ever horror movie score he did a perfect job that really worked well with this film. Now when it comes to the transfer Severin films did a phenomenal job at making this film look fantastic and bringing it to us uncut and uncensored for the first time ever. The special features are great as well even though it's only 2 featurettes plus to trailers, but the features are great. You get the first featurette has a very informative conversation with Barbara Steele where she talks about her career as an actress, the second featurette has the director talking about the film and his career. Overall this is a great horror film that takes me back once again to the days when cinema and true acting were important and making a good film was most important. I give this film a 5 out of 5!

-Daniel Damnation

Directed By:Allen Gunewald, Released By: Severin Films, Year: 1965(Theatrical) 2009(DVD) Genre:Horror, Website: severin-films.com Time Length: 104 mins.