Castle of Blood

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Danza macabra
Castle of Blood
Danza macabra poster.jpg
Italian film poster for Castle of Blood
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Produced by Leo Lax
Marco Vicario
Written by Sergio Corbucci
Giovanni Grimaldi
Starring Barbara Steele
Georges Rivière
Music by Riz Ortolani
Cinematography Riccardo Pallottini
Edited by Otello Colangeli
Distributed by Woolner Brothers Pictures Inc (US)
Release dates
  • 29 July 1964 (1964-07-29) (U.S.)
Running time
87 min
Country Italy
Language Italian

Castle of Blood (Italian title: Danza Macabra) is a 1964 Italian horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti, using the pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson. This film is also known as Coffin of Terror, Danse macabre, Dimensions in Death, La Lunga notte del terrore, Terrore, The Castle of Terror, The Long Night of Terror, Tombs of Horror, and Tombs of Terror.



A journalist challenges Edgar Allan Poe on the authenticity of his stories, which leads to him accepting a bet from Lord Blackwood to spend the night in a haunted castle on All Soul's Eve. Ghosts of the murdered inhabitants appear to him throughout the night, re-enacting the events that lead to their deaths. It transpires that they need his blood in order to maintain their existence. Barbara Steele plays a ghost who attempts to help the journalist escape.


Although the film was based on an original script by Antonio Margheriti, Sergio Corbucci and Gianni Grimaldi, it was in the USA promoted as an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe.[1] This is supported by the credits which refer to a non-existing short story by Poe. Moreover Silvano Tranquilli plays Poe recounting the end his story "Berenice" at the film's beginning.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie's review of the film was favorable, calling it an "eerie and effective early horror film".[2]


In 1971, director Antonio Margheriti remade Castle of Blood as Web of the Spider. In this version Poe was played by Klaus Kinski, and the movie claimed to be based on a different non-existent Poe story called "Night of the Living Dead".


  • Hughes, Howard (2011). Cinema Italiano - The Complete Guide From Classics To Cult. London - New York: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-608-0. 


  1. ^ Hughes, p.86
  2. ^ Robert Firsching. "Castle of Blood (1964)". Allmovie. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 

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