3.5 / 5 Oct '10
Tagline: The living and the dead change places in an orgy of terror!
Directed by: Sergio Corbucci, Antonio Margheriti
Written by: Sergio Corbucci, Giovanni Grimaldi
Actors include: Barbara Steele, Georges Rivière, Margarete Robsahm
Length: 87 minutes
Although this film is extremely elegant and beautifully filmed in atmospheric black and white it wasn't as amazing as I'd hoped. The story is a rather familiar one, Writer takes a bet that he can't last the night in a spooky castle on Halloween. This spooky castle happens to be in habited by the spirits of several murdered people who relive their final moments. They want to steal the Writer's blood in order to stay alive one more night. They aren't all extremely evil, one of the sexy ghosts (played by scream queen Barbara Steele) is trying to help him. The story is fine though it could have used a little punch and some scares might have been nice but that really describes my overall reluctance to watch many gothic horror stories. Still considering I did enjoy this, it was engaging even if most of it was because of the visuals. I would say it's one of the better of it's kind, I would just say that maybe it's not as wonderful as it's reputation had me believe.
Availability: On DVD