The Italian Gothic Horror Classic Now Restored In HD From The Original Negative With All-New Bonus Features!At the height of her career as the dark goddess of Italian horror, the legendary Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY) del... more »ivered two of her most memorable performances in this tale of obsession, madness and depravity. Steele stars as a cheating wife who is chained, whipped and tortured to death by her sadistic scientist husband, and as her unstable blonde stepsister whose fate may be even more ghastly. Paul Muller (VAMPYROS LESBOS), Helga Line (HORROR EXPRESS) and Rik Battaglia (SISTER EMANUELLE) co-star in this twisted shocker directed by Mario Caiano, featuring stunning black & white cinematography by Enzo Barboni and the very first horror score by Ennio Morricone. Throw away all those inferior transfers from censored TV prints: This is NIGHTMARE CASTLE like you've never seen it before!EXTRAS:
Barbara Steele fans MUST get this version of the DVD
D. Steigman | USA | 03/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nightmare Castle has finally to DVD in a pristine print from Severin films. It had been reported all over the web about how Severin Films uncovered a negative and are remastering the print in HiDef which will blow away all other releases. Having watched this , you will indeed get a super clean transfer, widescreen and uncut. Time to get rid of the grainy or cut transfers. This movie is an ultra Gothic movie, with tons of atmosphere & some shocking gore scenes. The musical score is phenominal. You get Barbara Steele(Muriel Arrowsmith) in a dual role. She gets killed by her sicko husband Paul Muller (Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith) when she gets caught having an affair. He remarries a reletive of Barbara Steele(who is blond), Jenny Arrowsmith who inherited her sister's fortune. Now he wants to kill her & inherit it from her. The murdered couple come back to haunt Dr Arrowsmith & Jenny until they get total vengeance. They get inside Jenny's head to where she thinks she is Muriel. That is basically the movie in a nutshell, but what makes this above average is the heavy Gothic atmosphere. If you are in the mood to watch, you will very much enjoy the film. On top of that the transfer of Severin films is just fantastic, with a couple of minor glitches here and there, but overall the transfer is very sharp with blacks looking very solid as opposed to a faded worn looking transfer. Severin films is to be commended for this effort. Very much recommended !"
Paradise for Steele Fans
Randy Buck | Brooklyn, NY USA | 05/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a treat for the legions of Barbara Steele worshippers -- a beautiful restoration of NIGHTMARE CASTLE, with our girl in a double role and virtually every scene! The movie's never looked this good before; with the exception of two or three brief seconds, the image is immaculate. No Italian subtitles, but respectable English dubbing. And -- the disc's crowning glory -- a wonderful video interview with Steele, done for this release, where she talks in some detail about the beginnings of her career. Steele fled Hollywood, Fox, a blonde dye-job, Don Siegel, and Elvis Presley for Rome, where she fell in love with the Italian culture and the Italian film industry, making that series of horror flicks that elevated her to cult status. Full of intelligent observations about her directors and co-stars (including some information about her role that Fellini cut from CASANOVA), here's a half-hour that shows a Steele you don't know, but will love. If you think you'll like this release, trust me -- you will! Highly recommended for horror fans."
FINALLY! A GREAT PRINT OF THIS CLASSIC!
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 06/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film haunted me for years as I saw it when I was 7 or 8 years old and the ending stuck with me for decades. I never knew the title of the film and I finally found it by chance a few years ago. Unfortunately, the battered prints of this film that were available didn't do it justice.
I bought this new re-mastered version hoping for the best and I was not disappointed. The print is extremely clean and looks fantastic with a few very minor glitches. This version runs one hour and 40 plus minutes! Which is considerably longer than any print I've ever seen.
The film is dripping with wonderful gothic atmosphere and filmed in glorious black and white. It's a great movie if your a fan of these creepy old horror film and this version also includes some interesting extras. A thirty minute interview with Barbara Steele, a 14 minute interview with the director and a couple of U.K. trailers for the film.
This film has never looked better and if you're a fan this is a must buy!"
Barbara Steele steals the show
Dancing Ganesha | Bangalore, India | 12/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have read some negative reviews of this film before, but I really don't understand why. Barbara Steele really shines in Nightmare Castle (she plays dual roles), in addition to the notable, spooky dream sequences (with a nice soundtrack to boot). This is probably one of the best early horror films I've ever seen and would recommend any horror aficionado to add it to their collection."
Classic 60's Horror Starring Scream Queen Barbara Steele
Rudy Avila | Lennox, Ca United States | 10/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Italian director Mario Caino's film "Gli Amanti Del'otre tombe" was dubbed in English and sold to American audiences in 1965 as "Nightmare Castle" starring Barbara Steele who had appeared in Federico Fellini's "8 1/2". Barbara Steele was for many years a celebrated "scream queen" of horror films. Her exotic beauty- dark hair, cat-like eyes and pale skin, made her a hot item in Italian cinema. In Nightmare Castle, Barbara Steele plays a beautiful but spoiled scientist's wife who dallies with the gardener. When her affair is discovered, her husband tortures the lovers through electrocution in his dungeon. The lovers die. Some time afterward, the scientist marries his dead wife's look-alike sister or half sister. She becomes a victim in the scientit's twisted world but the lovers from beyond the grave make it possible for her to win out in the end. The cinematography is black and white but chilling and Gothic in its ambiance- old castles, dungeons, ghosts, creepy noises. It's an enjoyable movie with really great piano/organ music as well even if it's repetitive. However, for an old 60's film some parts are awfully violent and scary so this is material to be viewed by adults and serious horror fanatics. And of course fans of horror legend Barbara Steele."