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Old 09-27-09, 06:48 AM
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Nightmare Castle reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 2


IMDB link for Nightmare Castle (1965)

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These "2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day #" threads are for the discussion of the films in the 31 Films in 31 Days subset.

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Old 10-02-09, 05:31 PM
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Re: Nightmare Castle reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 2

Did anyone else watch this? I watched it for the first time today and enjoyed it...did anyone else think that Barbara Steele looked weird as a blonde?
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Old 10-02-09, 05:42 PM
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Re: Nightmare Castle reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 2

I watched it. I should have looked it up online first though. It was on a public domain set I have, so I watched it without realizing it was cut. I was wondering how such a terrible movie actually got a pick for this.

I take it the full version is better?
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Old 10-02-09, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by smashthesymbols View Post
I watched it. I should have looked it up online first though. It was on a public domain set I have, so I watched it without realizing it was cut. I was wondering how such a terrible movie actually got a pick for this.

I take it the full version is better?
I'm not sure which version you watched, but the one I reviewed for DVDTalk was advertised as uncut - I liked it a lot:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/37437...tomba/?___rd=1
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Re: Nightmare Castle reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 2

You mention a runtime of 104 in your review, which is right according to IMDb. The version I watched had a runtime of 80something. It was chopped up so badly it made the movie completely incoherent. I didn't even know Muriel and Jenny were sisters until I looked up the movie afterwards. It also didn't help that the transfer was so bad that in some scenes the actors were just foggy blobs on screen.

I think I'll try to pick up the version you reviewed so I can see the full movie.
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Old 10-02-09, 08:47 PM
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I didn't care for it as much as I thought I would.
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Re: Nightmare Castle reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 2

Originally Posted by smashthesymbols View Post
You mention a runtime of 104 in your review, which is right according to IMDb. The version I watched had a runtime of 80something. It was chopped up so badly it made the movie completely incoherent. I didn't even know Muriel and Jenny were sisters until I looked up the movie afterwards. It also didn't help that the transfer was so bad that in some scenes the actors were just foggy blobs on screen.

I think I'll try to pick up the version you reviewed so I can see the full movie.
We must have got the same version. Your version sounds a lot like the version I got from Netflix. Like you say, the movie was totally incoherent. I'm sure it's much better uncut. There were aspects of the film that I really enjoyed, so I think I would appreciate it much more if I could see the full version.
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Old 10-03-09, 04:48 AM
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I was kinda on the fence with this one. The beginning was fine, but the middle just started to drag on and on. Once we got to the ending, I was a bit more into it. The dubbing was distracting at first, then just funny. And I agree - Steele as a blonde was bizarre to see. Not sure that I would watch it again any time soon, but I'm glad to have seen it.
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I was kinda on the fence with this one. The beginning was fine, but the middle just started to drag on and on.
Definitely agree with that.

When she appears as a ghost at the end, her face reminds me of Mazikeen from the comic series "Lucifer". Which I'm currently reading right now...lol.

I liked the movie, but it does drag on for a while. I'd give it 1 1/2 stars out of 4.
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Old 10-03-09, 02:13 PM
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Re: Nightmare Castle reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 2

Originally Posted by smashthesymbols View Post
I was wondering how such a terrible movie actually got a pick for this.
Hey, fuck you! For what it's worth, I did pick this without having actually seen it first.

Now after seeing this Gothic soap opera, I'll agree on all counts - it does drag on a while, she looks 'unnatural' as a blonde and the dubbing is laughable at times. But I still enjoyed it overall and thinks it's more than worth sticking with it for the final climax. A solid B- for me.

And that Ennio Morricone score is one his best ever, IMO.
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I love these kind of gothic horror films, and Barbara Steele certainly possesses a unique beauty. Inferior to the Bava films of the period, but still enjoyable. On Thursday I watched an awful slasher film, Silent Scream, in which Steele has a minor role. To be avoided.
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whats up with all the horror?! :P
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Re: Nightmare Castle reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 2

Originally Posted by smashthesymbols View Post
I watched it. I should have looked it up online first though. It was on a public domain set I have, so I watched it without realizing it was cut. I was wondering how such a terrible movie actually got a pick for this.

I take it the full version is better?
I have a cut version also and thought the same thing. When I heard the uncut version was coming out, I was a little amazed that people were excited.
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Re: Nightmare Castle reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 2

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I'm not sure which version you watched, but the one I reviewed for DVDTalk was advertised as uncut - I liked it a lot:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/37437...tomba/?___rd=1
Great review Paul! Makes me want to seek that version out, as I watched a crappy chopped up public domain copy.
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Re: Nightmare Castle reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 2

I watched this last night and I agree pretty much with what everyones opinion of this film.
I kinda lost interest around half way thru but then the last 30 minutes were great and it left me wanting to see this again maybe I was too tired while watching but then again it seems other people feel the same.

I thought the Interview with Steele was great I wish she stayed and finished Flaming Star !!!, and her description of Elvis was great "He had E.P. on everything his cufflinks ,shoes......
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Old 10-06-09, 04:36 PM
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Great review Paul! Makes me want to seek that version out, as I watched a crappy chopped up public domain copy.
Thanks, Trevor!
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