Castle of Blood (1964) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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Release Date: 1964
Genre: Haunted House                                                                                                  Cast & Crew: Barbara Steele, Georges Rivière, Margarete Robsahm, Silvano Tranquilli, Silvano Tranquilli, Sylvia Sorrento, Umberto Raho, Giovanni Cianfriglia, Benito Stefanelli, Johnny Walters, Merry Powers.
Director: Antonio Margheriti, Sergio Corbucci
Screenwriter: Giovanni Grimaldi, Sergio Corbucci

Castle of Blood (1964) Rating:

  • Raoul = 6.5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 7.0/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.6/10.

Castle of Blood (1964) Synopsis:

On the eve of Halloween, a journalist accepts an offer to spend the night in a haunted castle.

Castle of Blood (1964) Review:

This Italian classic, especially praised for its atmospheric horror, is to sit alongside The Innocents, Carnival of Souls, The Haunting and 13 Ghosts in the list of best ghost movies from the 60s. I certainly agree, but I would set it as the less good of these five.

Castle of Blood starts like many haunted house movies, with someone accepting a challenge to spend a whole night in a supposedly haunted castle. Upon his arrival, our hero is to meet with a bestiary of ghosts that will eventually lead him to great trouble.


The movie is really dark and the gigantic yet empty castle is a really cold and creepy place to be spending the night. I really bet that movie was extra-scary to watch back in the 60s. Today, the appeal of the movie lies more in the beauty of the dialogues, the double sense of the sentences, and the verses-like lines of the characters. The presence of Barbara Steele is reason enough to watch the flick, for she is particularly mesmerizing here.

Overall, Castle of Blood is a must-see for everyone into Italian horror, but one that might be a little dry for the youngest horror fans.

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