Cast & Crew
Journalist Alan Foster finds Edgar Allan Poe in a London tavern on All Souls' Eve. Lord Blackwood accompanies him and backs up Poe's claim that his writings about the living dead are not fiction; the two men bet Foster that he cannot survive one night alone in the Blackwood Castle. Foster accepts the bet and encounters Blackwood's sister Elizabeth in the castle. Horrified to find that she has no heartbeat, Foster learns from Dr. Carmus, a necromancer who also inhabits the castle, that All Souls' Day is the one day of the year when the dead return to life and reenact their final moments of life. Foster watches several murders involving Elizabeth, her husband, her jealous lover, and a lesbian admirer; he is then told by Dr. Carmus that the spirits need warm blood to complete their ritual. Realizing that he is intended as a sacrificial victim, Foster flees with Elizabeth from the castle only to be impaled on an iron gate outside. In the morning, Lord Blackwood removes the wager from the dead journalist's wallet.
Raoul H. Newman
Released in Italy in 1964 as Danza macabra; opened in Paris in April 1965 as Danse macabre; running time: 87 min. Anthony Dawson is a pseudonym for Antonio Margheriti, Walter Sarch for Giovanni Addessi, Jean Grimaud for Gianni Grimaldi, Gordon Wilson, Jr., for Sergio Corbucci, Richard Kramer for Riccardo Pallottini, Otel Langhel for Otello Colangeli, and Frank Belty for Marco Vicario. Also known as Tombs of Horror, Coffin of Terror, and Edgar Allan Poe's Castle of Blood.