Steele: Queen Of Horror (Nightmare
Of Blood (1964)/Terror
Creatures From Beyond The Grave (1965)/Severin Films Triple
Feature Blu-ray Set)
B Sound: B Extras: B+ Films: B/B-/B+
best for Mario Bava's Black Sunday, Barbara Steele is one of
Italian horror's most beautiful and talented stars and undoubtedly an
icon. Severin Films has done a fantastic job restoring these three
rare motion pictures from their original film negatives and
re-mastered them for Blu-ray as well as in-depth extras to accompany.
The films featured here are Nightmare Castle where Steele
plays a double role, Castle of Blood, and Terror Creatures
From Beyond the Grave.
Nightmare Castle (1965), a
sadistic count tortures and murders his unfaithful wife and her
lover, then removes their hearts from their bodies. Years later, the
count remarries and the new wife experiences nightmares and
hauntings. The ghosts of the slain return to exact their bloody
revenge, until their hearts are destroyed. Directed
by Mario Caiano.
Castle of Blood (1964), a
writer accepts a bet that he cannot spend the night alone in a
haunted castle on All Soul's Eve. Once night falls at the castle,
several who had been murdered therein return to life, reliving their
deaths and seeking to kill the writer for his blood in a vain attempt
to stay alive beyond that one night. Barbara Steele, as one of the
living dead, tries to aid his escape from the castle. Directed
by Sergio Corbucci.
Creatures From Beyond The Grave
(1965), an attorney arrives at a castle to settle the estate of its
recently deceased owner. The owner's wife and daughter reveal that
he was someone who was able to summon the souls of ancient plague
victims and, in fact, his spirit was roaming the castle at that very
moment. Soon occupants of the castle begin to die off in gruesome,
violent ways. The film features film noir-esque voice over and
incredible performances. Directed by Massimo
black and white presentations of these films are in 1080p high
definition with 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratios and a English PCM 2.0
Mono audio tracks. Some moments in the films are met with grain and
film emulsions, which I love because I think it adds to the
experience of watching them. One downfall is for Castle of Blood
and Terror Creatures there aren't chapter markers so if you
wanted to pick up on a different scene, you’re stuck fast
forwarding. The films themselves should have three separate menus
instead of one, but I'm getting a little nit-picky.
include an Audio Commentary with Barbara Steele and Horror
Historian David Del Valle, Barbara Steele in Conversation, Black,
White and Red, Nightmare Castle US and UK Trailers, Terror-Creatures
Deleted Scenes, Vengeance From Beyond - a Terror Creatures
documentary, A Dance of Ghosts which is a new featurette for
Castle of Blood and Trailers for Blood and Creatures. A lot
of great extras here that are a must watch for classic horror fans!
disc ends up being an excellent release that surpassed my
expectations. I hadn't seen these three films and loved them all and
in addition these great extra features make this a great and welcome
addition to my horror library.
James Harland Lockhart V