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‘They love just for blood!’
Citadel of Blood is a 1964 Italian horror movie directed by Antonio Margheriti (The Virgin of Nuremberg; Killer Fish; Cannibal Apocalypse), utilizing the pseudonym Anthony Dawson.
Within the US, the movie was distributed by the Woolner Brothers, who additionally imported Hercules within the Haunted World; Blood and Black Lace; Citadel of the Dwelling Lifeless and produced Hillbillies in a Haunted Home.
In 1971, Margheriti remade Citadel of Blood in color as Net of the Spider. The movie’s rating is by Riz Orlolani (Cannibal Holocaust).
In October 2002, American firm Synapse Movies launched an ‘uncensored worldwide model’ of the movie on DVD.
A journalist challenges Edgar Allan Poe on the authenticity of his tales, which ends up in him accepting a wager from Lord Blackwood to spend the evening in a haunted fortress on All Soul’s Eve. Ghosts of the murdered inhabitants seem to him all through the evening, re-enacting the occasions that result in their deaths. It transpires that they want his blood so as to keep their existence…
“Citadel of Blood has the makings of a minor traditional, nevertheless it doesn’t fairly get there. It has a terrific set, a sound premise, some very strong performing by modern Italian requirements, oodles of morbid ambiance, and a decision that defies happy-ending/sad-ending categorization in a fashion years forward of its time.” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting
“It’s a marvelously atmospheric gothic thriller, among the best Italian horror movies of the last decade, and fairly correctly made the enchantingly spooky Steele — contemporary from Mario Bava’s La Maschera del Demonio — much more of a horror icon. Riccardo Pallotini’s evocative camerawork enhances the temper tremendously, and the shock scenes, although maybe too tame for contemporary audiences, are nonetheless strikingly efficient.” All Film
” … the general impression is sweet, and the erotic angle far more than that. Antonio Margheriti has made fairly a couple of boring movies, typically with substandard, rushed visuals. However Citadel of Blood has a constant look and a digital camera model that avoids meaningless zooms and sloppy blocking.” DVD Savant
“Steele is as unusual and exquisite as ever, and the story is dreamlike and surreal sufficient to rank this as one of many best worry movies to come back out of Italy within the Sixties. It actually ranks up there with the very best of Mario Bava, who was initially requested to direct however needed to decline as a consequence of different commitments.” eSplatter.com
“Margheriti does a terrific job framing the gloriously spooky photographs, and the digital camera is seldom stationary, utilizing gradual zooms, Dutch angles, and even a stunning hand-held shot or two to maintain issues visually kinetic and attention-grabbing. The units are image good, the music really suits and units a ghastly temper, and the plot is a ripping old-school ghost story that wouldn’t be misplaced in a set of tales by Poe himself…” Mad Mad Mad Mad Films
“A movie comprised of 90% ambiance and 10% plot, Citadel of Blood makes use of its moody black and white pictures to the hilt because the digital camera morbidly caresses every dusty nook of the haunted fortress and fixates on the all the time fascinating Steele, whose skill to concurrently convey romantic attraction and sinister lust pays off throughout the memorable finale…” Mondo Digital
“Citadel of Blood is uncommon for movies of this era in that includes a sophisticated internet of wishes among the many murdered events, all of whom appear to need Barbara Steele, considered one of which is a girl with lesbian wishes. This latter is a theme that was forward of its time and is one thing that will not enter the horror style for an additional few years with Hammer’s Karnstein diversifications and varied lesbian vampire movies.” Moria
“Much less about plot and extra about ambiance, the film strikes at a gradual and dreamlike tempo, with lots of lengthy and lingering digital camera actions stuffed with creepy and creaky previous set items and populated with melodramatic characters.” Rock! Shock! Pop
“Barely static on the outset with an excessive amount of speak, this one actually comes into its personal after some time. Spooky, handsome Italian gothic horror stuff. Exploitation veteran Antonio Margheriti might not be Mario Bava however I need to admit he does a rattling high quality job of it nonetheless.” Shameless Self Expression
“Provocative ghost story is given good life right here, aided by the robust presences of Steele and Robsahm. Dr Carmus’ discovery of the fortress’s tombs is a really nice terror picture. Intelligent and splendidly timed finale.” The Terror Lure
“As an train in model, it really works, however as a horror movie, it’s a bit uneven. The looks of a skull-faced ghoul that immediately strikes is quite efficient and there’s a stunning little bit of nudity too. The numerous murders, ghosts, and supernatural happenings are a tad on the predictable facet although.
Steele is well the very best factor in regards to the film.” The Video Vacuum
MOVIES and MANIA ranking:
“Early Italian supernatural horror motion pictures are sometimes atmospheric and stuffed with dread, from the music to the melodramatic storyline, and Antonio Margheritti directs Citadel of Blood with traditional Gothic imagery in vivid black and white to extend the menace.” Zombo’s Closet
Full movie – free to look at on-line on YouTube [1080p HD]:
Forged and characters:
Barbara Steele … Elisabeth Blackwood
Georges Rivière … Alan Foster
Margrete Robsahm … Julia Alert
Arturo Dominici … Dr Carmus (as Henry Kruger)
Silvano Tranquilli … Edgar Allan Poe
Sylvia Sorrente … Elsi Perkings
Umberto Raho … Lord Thomas Blackwood
Giovanni Cianfriglia … Herbert (as Phil Karson)
Benito Stefanelli … William (as Ben Steffen)
Authentic Italian title:
Danza macabra “Macabre Dance”
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