Nightmare Castle

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Nightmare Castle
Italian theatrical poster
Directed by Mario Caiano
(credited as Allen Grünewald)
Produced by Carlo Caiano
Written by Mario Caiano
Fabio De Agostini
Starring Barbara Steele
Paul Muller
Helga Liné
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Enzo Barboni
Edited by Renato Cinquini
Distributed by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation
Release dates 16 July 1965
Running time 101 min, 90 min (English Edited version)
Country Italy
Language Italian

Nightmare Castle (Italian title:Gli Amanti d'oltretomba) is a 1965 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Caiano credited as Allen Grünewald. The film stars Barbara Steele in dual lead roles, and its music was composed by Ennio Morricone.

The film has several variations in the title and is also known as Night of the Doomed in the United Kingdom, Lovers Beyond the Grave and The Faceless Monster. It has been dubbed into English in an edited release in 1968. It was released to VHS and DVD in the 1990s with a longer cut of the film in Italian with English subtitles. It was later released to the public domain and became a cult film.

Plot outline[edit]

An evil count tortures and murders his unfaithful wife and her lover, then removes their hearts from their bodies. Discovering that his wife has drawn up a new will giving her fortune to her institutionalized sister, the count marries his sister-in-law. The new wife experiences nightmares and hauntings. The ghosts of the slain return to exact their bloody revenge, until their hearts are destroyed.



The film has been called "a sadistic movie".[1]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hughes, p.88

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