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Nightmare Castle: pre-Psychedelic Giallo Weirdo Fun

Nightmare Castle, a weird giallo gothic horror from Italy (Weird? Italy? Everything makes sense now…) was directed by Mario Caianno, a prolific filmmaker with credits dating from the early 60’s to the early 2000’s. It stars Barbara Steele, also prolific and working to this day. Her career started in 1956. A scream queen, yes, and British, too, but somehow never ended up working for Hammer Films, as one might have expected. She was in a Roger Corman flick, The Pit and the Pendulum, though, so I guess that makes up for it. Nightmare Castle, released in 1965, belongs mostly to Caianno and Steele, although all the performances are fine and the cinematography is quite good, especially for a low budget flick like this.
The movie begins with the evil Dr. Stephen Arrowsmith (Paul Muller) and his wife Muriel (Barbara Steele) hanging out in their giant castle as Stephen is about to leave for an important sciency-type trip. Already we know he’s evil because Muriel is going on about some sort of …