Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Castle Of The Living Dead (1964)

Starring Christopher Lee, Gaia Germani, Philippe Leroy, Mirko Valentin, Donald Sutherland
Directed by Warren Kiefer
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A traveling troupe of entertainers perform at the castle of a count engaged in embalming experiments, and discover too late he intends to use them as his latest subjects.

Although I felt the photography didn't take good advantage of the film's settings, wasting some impressive scenery, the actors more than entertained in this film, which features another villainous performance from horror veteran Lee, and an early appearance in Sutherland's career.  According to IMDB, Sutherland plays three different roles, including a grotesque witch who figures prominently in the story, but I never would have guessed it was him under the makeup.  Although a good music score by Angelo Lavagnino helps, there's just not enough atmosphere to make this an effective chiller, but it's still worthwhile viewing.

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