Nightmare Castle (1964) (Blu-ray Review)

Nightmare Castle (1964) (Blu-ray Review)

Nightmare Castle (1964) (Blu-ray Review)

📅15 August 2015, 17:22


Nightmare Castle (1964) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Mario Caiano
Starring: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné
Rated: UR/Region O/Widescreen/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films


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.


When I get something wrong, I’m not ashamed to admit that I got something wrong. Way back in the day, Nightmare Castle, was one of the first horror movies I ever reviewed and I gave it a bad review. Why? Looking back now, I’m not too sure. Having matured not only as a person, but also as a movie reviewer, I revisited this film and found it really enjoyable. Enjoyable to the point that I had to go back and try to see just what the heck I was thinking all those years ago. So what are we dealing with here? A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband,, who as you can guess, gets rather pissed when he catches them doing the big nasty, or a very old school PG version of it, with her lover. The pair then return from the grave to seek vengeance after the movie turns into a plot of the husband trying to manipulate the dead wife’s step sister into getting all his dead wife’s money that she left to her step sister. Oddly enough she left her the money despite admitting to never liking her anyway. It is a strong and interesting plot to say the least and this movie is perfect example of just what Barbara Steele can do. This whole release with the bonus films is just one big Barbara Steels promo reel in a lot of ways.



As a matter of fact, all the actors are great here. Paul Muller who plays the crazy husband Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith who also happens to be a scientist, and evil bastard one at that, stand out for their performances to go along with Steele (who was very, very bangable back in 1965 I must say) as she pulls double duty playing both Muriel Arrowsmith and her step sister Jenny. Also, to spite the very small amount of gore, you do get a feel of movies to come with a little of what would later be known as “Torture Porn” in this movie. Yeah, back in the day when I reviewed this I questioned why dead people would want to use weapons and such when they seek their revenge. I also said a lot of what we see was a bit silly overall, but then again, this was 1968 so what should I have expected? Bottom line is, this is a classic for a number of reasons. It is extremely well done for the time and the story is interesting, keeping you watching until the end. It also looks really good in HD, as I’m sure Severin made sure they had the right space to put three films on a disc in HD and have it look good. Overall, if you are a fan of this movie, this is the version you’ll want.



– BONUS FILM: Castle of Blood (1964) HD 2k Scan Of Rare US 35mm Release Print
– A Dance Of Ghosts New Featurette For Castle Of Blood
– BONUS FILM: Terror-Creatures from the Grave (1965) HD 2k Scan Of Rare US 35mm Release Print
– Terror Creatures Featurette With Director Massimo Pupillo, Actor Riccardo Garrone and Film Historian Fabio Melelli (In Italian with Optional English Subs)
– Vengeance From Beyond Featurette From Terror Creatures From the Grave (Italian with optional English subs)
– Terror Creatures Deleted Scenes (In French with Optional English Subs)
– Trailers
– Audio Commentary With Star Barbara Steele and Horror Historian David Del Valle
– Barbara Steele In Conversation Featurette
– Interview Featurette With Director Mario Caiano

Quality of Transfer: 90%


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