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LA CABEZA VIVIENTE
(1959/Azteca) BW. Mexico.
Aka: THE LIVING HEAD.
Credits: Dir: Chanto Urueta; Prod: Abel Salazar; Sc: Frederick Curiel & A. Lopez Portillo.
Cast: German Robles, Abel Salazar, Ana Luisa Peluffo.
When the heads of Catl, an Aztec chief, and his high priest are disturbed in their tomb by an archeologist, they come to life and demand blood sacrifices from a woman they place under their spell.
Another badly made Mexican horror imported to America by producer K. Gordon Murray.

LA CABEZADE PANCHO VILLA (1956) see El Jinete Sin Cabeza

THE CABINET OF DOCTOR CALIGARI (1961/TCF./Lippert) 105mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Roger Kay; Sc: Robert Bloch; Ph: John Russell; Ed: Archie Marshee; Mus: Gerald Fried.
Cast: Dan O'Herlihy, Glynis Johns, Dick Davelos, Lawrence Dobkin, Constance Ford, Caligari (himself), Estelle Winwood, Richard Davalos, J. Pat O'Malley, Vicki Trickett.
"No one permitted out or in during the last thirteen nerve shattering minutes!"
A young woman's, (Johns), car breaks down near a country house where she becomes a prisoner of the sinister Caligari, (O'Herlihy), and made to suffer frightening humiliations. Eventually it transpires that the mystery is all in her mind, Caligari is really her psychiatrist, and she is an old lady whose sexual fantasies he has been trying to cure.
There is no link between this and the 1919 classic, instead this is a competent, if somewhat predictable thriller.
The original ending which is no longer available left some doubt as to who was or wasn't sane.

THE CAGE (1965) 60mins. TVM.
Credits: Prod: Gene Rodenberry.
Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Leonard Nimoy, John Hoyt, Majel Barrett, Susan Oliver.
Sent to rescue survivors of a science expedition on another planet, the USS. Enterprise encounters an alien race that have perfected the art of illusion. They kidnap the Captain, (Hunter), to keep as part of an intergalactic zoo and encourage him to propagate and create a race of human slaves.
This is the original pilot film for the television series "Star Trek". It has only recently been  shown in its entirety on television, but originally was used in parts to create the two episodes titled "The Menagerie".
Gene Rodenberry walking through a "Star Trek" set introduces this first episode.

CAGE OF DOOM (1958) see Terror in the Year 5000

CAIN'S CUTTHROATS (1970) see Cain's Way

CAIN'S WAY (1970/Fanfare) 89mins.
Aka: CAIN'S CUTTHROATS; THE BLOOD SEEKERS.
Credits: Dir: Kent Osborne; Prod: Kent Osborne & Budd Dell; Sc: Wilton Denmark.
Cast: Scott Brady, John Carradine, Robert Dix, Bruce Kimball, Don Epperson, Adair Jamison, Darwin Jaston, Teresa Thaw, Willis Martin.
During the Civil War, a man's black wife, (Jamison), is raped and killed by a gang of Confederate renegades. Her husband, (Brady), hunts down the culprits with the help of an old preacher, (Carradine), decapitates them and keeps their heads.
Intercut with shots of contemporary bikers, this film was an attempt at a social statement on violence and racism, while also being an exceedingly strange western. The experiment fails miserably.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CALTIKI, IL MOSTRO IMMORTALE
(1959/Galatea/Climax) 79mins. BW. Italy.
Aka: CALTIKI, THE IMMORTAL MONSTER.
Credits: Dir: Robert Hampton (Ricardo Freda); Prod: Samuel Schneider; Sc: Philip Just (Filippo Sanjust); Ph: John Foam (Mario Bava); Sfx: Marie Foam (Mario Bava).
Cast: John Merivale, Didi Sullivan (Dioi Perego) Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Gerard Herter, Daniela Rocca.
"Stripping human flesh from the bone...Creeping, multiplying, devouring...Hungry for the blood of the world!"
"Caltiki is the one, the only immortal God, when her mate appears in the sky, the power of Caltiki will destroy the world" - Mayan inscription.
In 607 AD., the Mayan civilisation abandoned the city of Tikel, but archaeologist John Fielding, (Merrivale), wants to know why and leads an expedition to the area. After they discover a hidden sacred pool and dive in, one of them is stripped of flesh. After destroying the creature that dwells there they take back a specimen to their Mexico City laboratory to learn more of the jelly-like creature and the ancient Mayan inscription found near the pool. The "mate" of the inscription turns out to be a comet that animates the fragment with radioactivity causing it to grow to a gigantic size. After rampaging through the town and threatening the archaeologist’s wife Ellen, (Sullivan), and their child, the military destroy the monster with flame throwers.
Bava, who was to enter the Italian horror genre and become one of Italy's major filmmakers, directed most of this despite credit going to Freda who was completely uninterested in the production. Filmed in Spain and inspired by The Quatermass Experiment, the effects are fairly good although the monster was created from tripe, but the plot never leaves the arena of passable silliness.

CALTIKI, THE IMMORTAL MONSTER (1959) see Caltiki, Il Mostro Immortale

LA CAMARA DEL TERROR
(1968/Filmica Verrgara/Columbia/Parasol) 90mins. US/Mexico. Released in 1974.
Aka: TORTURE ZONE; DANCE OF DEATH; CHAMBER OF FEAR; FEAR CHAMBER.
Credits: Dir: Juan Ibanez & Jack Hill; Prod: Louis Enrique Vergara; Sc: Jack Hill & Louis Enrique Vergara; Ph: Paul Dominguez.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Julissa Santinon, Carlos East, Isela Vega, Yerye Beirut, Rafael Munoz (Santanon), Andres Garcia, Eva Muller, Sandra Chavez, Pamela Rosas, Fuensanta.
A scientist, (Karloff), abducts women who he purposely frightens before drawing their blood to feed to a stone creature living in a volcano. The scientist becomes seriously ill after experimenting on the strange "living-rock" and his assistant, (Vega), and an insane hunchback continue feeding the rock after his death. However, they feed the rock too much blood and lose control of the creature.
A confusing plot imbued with mild sex and sadism.
The third of four terrible Mexican American co-productions made before Karloff's death in 1969 and while he was confined to a wheelchair. Karloff's scenes were shot in a Los Angeles studio by co-writer Jack Hill. The other films are Macabre Serenade, Invasion Sinestra, and La Isla de los Muertos. None of them were released until after Karloff's death.
Not released in Britain until 1988.

LOS CANALLAS (1969/Vergara) 87mins. Mexico.
Aka: THE SCOUNDRELS.
Credits: Dir: Frederico Curiel; Prod: Luís Enrique Vergara; Sc: Ramón Obon Jnr.; Ph: Alfredo Uribe; Ed: Juan José Munguia; Art: Alejandro Herrara; Mu: Armando Islas; Mus: Gustavo César Carrión.
Cast: Mil Máscaras, Regina Torne, Manolo Muñoz, Claudia Martel, David Silva, Fernando Oses, Atila Michel, Federico del Castillo, Elvira Mendoza, Olga Márquez, César Gay.
A masked hero battles with a motorcycle gang whose leader is the high priestess of a cult that worships ancient Aztec deities.

CANNIBAL ISLAND (1956)
Documentary footage in the "goona goona" tradition of a cannibal community and the eating of their prey.

CANNIBAL ORGY (1968) see Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE CAPE CANAVERAL MONSTERS
(1960/CCM.) 69mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Phil Tucker, Prod: Richard Greer.
Cast: Scott Peters, Linda Connell, Katherine Victor, Jason Johnson, Frank Smith, Gary Travis.
Important NASA. personnel are involved in a car crash and should be dead, but aliens bring them back to life to do their bidding. Their first task is to build a communication centre in a cave near Cape Canaveral that will put the whole space research project in the hands of the aliens. The aliens capture teenagers Tom, (Peters), Sally, (Connell), and others who are out looking for the missing people, keeping them in their spaceship. Eventually a professor also captured by the invaders discovers that polythene will destroy them, but after blowing up the spaceship, the car the captives are escaping in explodes.
A mildly enjoyable film with plenty of NASA. footage to pad out the thin storyline and laughable effects. Tucker is also the man responsible for the equally abysmal Robot Monster (1953).

CAPERUCITA Y PULGARCITO CONTRA LOS MONSTUOS (1960/Peliculas-Rodriguez) Mexico.
Aka: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE MONSTERS; TOM THUMB AND LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD VERSUS THE MONSTERS.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Roberto Rodriguez; Sc: Fernando Morales Ortiz & Alfredo Torres Portillo.
Cast: Maria Garcia, Cesarea Quezadas, Jose Elias Moreno, Elenano Santanon, Manuel "Loco" Valdez.
Little red riding hood, (Garcia), Tom Thumb and their animal friends have to fight a vampire and an evil witch in a haunted forest.
One of three Red Riding Hood films featuring Garcia, the others are LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1959) and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND HER FRIENDS (1959). Manuel San Fernando directed the English language version, and producer K. Gordon Murray imported the trilogy to America.

CAPTAIN CLEGG (1962/Universal/Hammer-Major) 82mins. UK.
Aka: NIGHT CREATURES (US).
Credits: Dir: Peter Graham Scott; Prod: John Temple Smith; Sc: Barbera S. Harper & John Elder (Anthony Hinds); Ph: Arthur Grant; Ed: James Needs & Eric Boyd Perkins; Art: Bernard Robinson & Don Mingaye; Mus: Don Banks.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Patrick Allen, Michael Ripper, Oliver Reed, Derek Francis, Milton Reid, David Lodge, Martin Benson, Yvonne Romain, Jack McGowran.
Smugglers running contraband through the Romney Marshes disguise themselves as "marsh phantoms" to frighten away the superstitious villagers. The local vicar, Doctor Blyss, (Cushing), is really the notorious pirate Captain Clegg thought to be dead by the authorities, but in actual fact is leading the band of marsh rum runners. The army's Captain Collier, (Allen), discovers Blyss' true identity.
A stylish Hammer remake of Dr. Syn with impressive Olde England sets and some eerie marsh scenes.

CAPTAIN KRONOS-VAMPIRE HUNTER (1973/Hammer) 91mins. UK.
Released by
Columbia. Aka: KRONOS.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Brian Clemens; Prod: Brian Clemens & Albert Fennell; Ph: Ian Wilson; Ed: James Needs; Des: Robert Jones; Fight co-ordinator: William Hobbs; Mus: Laurie Johnson.
Cast: Horst Janson, John Carson, John Cater, Shane Bryant, Ian Hendry, Caroline Munro, William Hobbs, Wanda Ventham, Paul Greenwood, Brian Tully, Elizabeth Dear, Terence Sewards, Susanna East, Lois Daine, Perry Soblosky, Stafford Gordon, Trevor Lawrence.
A handsome sword wielding vampire hunter, (Janson), his hunchback assistant, (Cater), and Carla, (Munro), a young gypsy girl seek out an old lady, (Ventham), who is maintaining her youth with the blood from the villagers in Durward.
A mixture of gothic horror and a swashbuckling adventure, that can't decide whether to be a comedy or a straight vampire film, doing neither genre any justice. However, unlike other Hammer productions, this provides artsy images, a good atmosphere and a unique style all it's own.

CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY (1969/Omnia/MGM.) 106mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: James Hill; Prod: Steven Pallos & Bertram Ostrer; Sc: Pip Baker, Jane Baker & A. Wright Campbell; Ph: Alan Hume & Egil Woxholt; Des: Bill Andrews; Mus: Walter Scott. From "Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne.
Cast: Robert Ryan, Chuck Connors, Nanette Newman, Luciana Paluzzi, John Turner, Bill Fraser, Kenneth Connor, Allan Cuthbertson, Christopher Martstone, Ian Ramsey, John Moore, Anthony Bailey, Alan Barry.
Six survivors of an Atlantic shipwreck are rescued by the captain, (Ryan), of a mysterious submarine named "Nautilus" and taken to Templemer, his city utopia under the sea. Everything there is made from gold that has been transformed from rock with a special machine that also produces the oxygen the city needs. The survivors realise that Captain Nemo plans to keep them there indefinitely to protect his secret city while a giant manta ray hinders their efforts to escape.
A low budget fantasy adventure spoilt by a slow moving script and miscasting.

CAPTAIN SINBAD (1963/Wonderscope/King Bros.) 88mins. US./Germany.
Released by MGM.
Credits: Dir: Byron Haskin; Prod: Frank & Herman King; Sc: Samuel B. West & Harry Relis; Ph: Gunther Serftleber & Eugene Shuftan; Art: Werner & Isabell Schlicting; Sfx: Tom Howard; Mus: Michel Michelet.
Cast: Guy Williams, Heidi Bruhl, Abraham Sofaer, Pedro Armendariz, Bernie Hamilton, Samuel West, Harry Relis, Rolf Wanka.
Sinbad, (Williams), returns to Baristan, to find that the kingdom has been taken over by the evil sultan El Kareem, (Amendariz), who cannot be killed while his living heart is protected by magic in a tower outside the city. Sinbad is forced to combat an invisible monster, birdmen and a multiheaded creature to save the kingdom and rescue Princess Jana, (Bruhl), from marriage to the sultan. The magician Galgo, (Sofaer), aids Sinbad.
An enjoyable juvenile spectacle full of rich photography and some clever special effects. One bizarre obstacle to Sinbad is a giant mailed fist that guards El Kareem's heart.

CAPTIVE WOMEN (1952/RKO.) 67mins. BW.
Aka: 1,000 YEARS FROM NOW.
Credits: Dir: Stuart Gilmore; Prod: Aubrey Wisberg & Jack Pollexfen; A.Prod: Albert Zugsmith; Sc: Aubrey Wisberg & Jack Pollexfen.
Cast: Robert Clarke, Ron Randell, William Schallert, Margaret Field.
After an atomic war, New York in the 29th. century is a rubble strewn jungle-like ruin inhabited by three tribes. The Norms live as cavemen, while the Mutes and their chief Riddon, (Randell), raid the Norms for women so they can breed monstrous offspring, but the two join forces to vanquish the brutal Upriver people who worship demons. One traitorous Mute, (Schallert), helps the Upriver people invade New Jersey through a tunnel, but the tunnel is flooded killing the invaders and Riddon falls in love with a Norm. A new era of co-operation begins.
A poorly made fantasy from the producers who made The Man From Planet X. The effects and the script are below par allowing for only a few derisive chuckles.

CAPULINA CONTRA LOS MONSTRUOS (1972/Panorama/Azteca) Mexico.
Credits: Dir: Rene Cardona.
Cast: Gasper Henaine "Capulina", Gloriella, Hector Andremar.
Comedy star Capulina and a group of children encounters a vampire, the Frankenstein monster and a werewolf.
Title translates as Capulina vs. the Monsters

CAPULINA CONTRA LOS VAMPIROS (1971/Zacarias/Clasa-Mohme) Mexico
Credits: Dir: Rene Cardona.
Cast: Gasper Henaine "Capulina", Rosy Mendoza, Juan Gallardo, Carlos Agosti.
Comedian Capulina encounters a vampire and his bride in a creepy castle. At one point he hides in a suit of armour to evade the creatures and finally with the help of an undead midget, vanquishes the bloodsuckers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LA CARA DEL TERROR
(1962/Documento) Spain. Aka: THE FACE OF TERROR.
Credits: Dir: Isidoro Martinez Ferry; (US. footage Dir: William Hole Jnr.); Sc: Monroe Manning.
Cast: Lisa Gaye, Fernando Ray, Virgilio Teixeira.
Dr. Taylor has developed a new mixture that will replace present plastic surgery techniques. The doctor experiments on one of his mental patients, Norma, but she paralyses the doctor, and embarks on a mad rampage in the guise of her new beauty, however, her looks will only remain for as long as she keeps applying the special formula. One day the bottle breaks and she is killed while attempting to obtain more from Dr. Taylor. As she dies an improved formula spills onto her disfigured face, making her beautiful again.

CARMILLA (1970) see The Vampire Lovers

CARNAGE (1970) see Antefatto

CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1960/Herts-Lion) 91mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Herk Harvey; Sc: John Clifford; Ph: Maurice Prather; Ed: Dan Palmquist & Bill de Jarnette; Mus: Gene Moore.
Cast: Candice Hilligoss, Sidney Berger, Frances Feist, Herk Harvey, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt, Tom McGinnis, Forbes Caldwell, Dan Palmquist, Bill de Jarnette, Pamela Ballard, Mary Ann Harris, Sharon Scoville, Stan Leavitt.
After a car accident, Mary Henry, (Hilligoss), has disturbing experiences. She seeks an explanation from an abandoned fairground, where she finds that she is hovering between life and death in a netherworld, and the spirits at the carnival are blocking her escape. When her car is raised from the river her corpse is still in it.
This creative exercise for industrial filmmaker Herk Harvey was produced in Lawrence, Kansas for less than $100,000 by a group of theatre owners that eventually became a cult classic despite the predictable finale. There are several creepy moments and some good photography lifting this above the usual cheap enterprise. The bad acting fortunately adds to the dreamy, unreal atmosphere of the piece.
Remade in 1997.

CARRY ON SCREAMING (1966/Anglo Amalgamated/Rogers) 97mins. 8,746 feet. UK.
Aka: CARRY ON VAMPIRE.
Credits: Dir: Gerald Thomas; Prod: Peter Rogers; A.Prod: Frank Bevis; Sc: Talbot Rothwell; Ph: Alan Hume; Ed: Rod Keys; Art: Bert Davey; Mu: Geoff Rodway; Mus: Eric Rogers; Song: "Carry On Screaming" by Myles Rudge & Ted Dick; Sung: Anonymous (Boz).
Cast: Harry H. Corbett, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Fenella Fielding, Joan Sims, Angela Douglas, Peter Butterworth, Tom Clegg, John Pertwee, Bernard Bresslaw, Billy Cornelius, Marianne Stone, Michael Ward, Norman Mitchell, Frank Thornton, Frank Forsyth, Anthony Sagar, Sally Douglas, Denis Blake. Voice of Oddbod Jnr.: Gerald Thomas.
Detective Sergeant Bung, (Corbett), and Detective Constable Slobotham, (Butterworth), find that all the clues in an investigation of missing women, lead to the Bide-a-Wee rest home. This unusual household is headed by the mysterious Dr. Orlando Watt, (Williams), and his attractive sister, Virula, (Fielding), who are transforming the women into mannequins and selling them on to clothes shops. Detective Bung meets the living mummy of Rubbatiti, (Blake), a werewolf, and a couple of Neanderthal creatures, (Clegg & Cornelius), before solving the crimes.
One of the hugely successful CARRY ON... series based on the 1933 classic The Mystery of the Wax Museum. This was their best and twelfth film, the only one that poked fun at the horror genre, fuelled by the Hammer studio's success. Although a bit silly at times, the usual puns and innuendo are still good fun.
Plastech Ltd. issued toy rubber monsters called "Kreepy Kwivers" and sold in the foyers of some ABC cinemas to coincide with ...SCREAMING's release.

CARRY ON VAMPIRE (1966) see Carry on Screaming

CARTES SUR TABLE (1962/Speva/Cine Alliance/Hesperia) 93mins. BW. France/Spain.
Aka: ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS.
Credits: Dir: Jesus Franco; Sc: Jean-Claude Carrière; Ph: A. Macasoli; Art: Jean A. D'eaubonne; Mus: Paul Misraki.
Cast: Eddie Constantine, Sophie Hardy, Fernando Rey, Francoise Brion, Alfredo Mayo, Marcello Arroita-Jaurequi.
Humans with the blood type O become killer robots at the hands of a mad scientist, (Rey), who directs them to assassinate certain heads of state. An Interpol sleuth, (Constantine), tries to foil the criminal's plans.
Poor, even by Franco's standards. The director has a brief cameo playing a piano at a strip club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LA CASA DE LOS ESPANTOS
(1961) Mexico.
Sequel to: Enchenne al Vampiro.
Credits: Dir: Alfredo E. Crevenna; Prod: Mario Garcia Camberos; Sc: Mario Garcia Camberos & Alfredo Ruanova; Ph: Fernando Alvarez Garces.
Cast: Fernando Soto (Mantequilla), Joaquin Garcia Vargas, Alfonso "Pompin" Iglasias, José Jasso, Roberto Cobo, Maria Eugenia San Martin, Carlos Riquelme, Yerye Beirute, Hortensia Santovena, Lulu Parga.
The insane brother, (Soto), of a recently dead man is unsuccessfully hunting for some hidden treasure in The Black Castle. He decides to recall all the relatives who were present at the reading of the will in the hope that it will be found. However, high tension cables around the castle prevent their escape and they are terrorised by skeletons, spectres and a talking head on a plate. Eventually it is revealed that their relative did not die and has staged all the events so that they may all acquire some self-confidence.
Oiginally made as three seperate episodes, but released as a companion feature film in 1963.

LA CASA DEL TERROR (1959-1965/Clasa Mohme/Azteca/Diana Films) 78mins. BW. Mexico.
Aka: FACE OF THE SCREAMING WEREWOLF; HOUSE OF TERROR.
Credits: Dir: Gilberto Martinez Solares; Dir: (Additional scenes) Jerry Warren; Prod: Jerry Warren; Sc: Fernando de Fuentes Jr., Gilberto Solares & Juan Garcia; Ph: Raul Martinez Solares; Ed: Carlos Savage; Mu: Ramón Juarez; Mus: Luis Hernandez Breton.
Cast: Lon Chaney Jnr., Yolanda Varela, Raymond Gaylord, D.W. Barron, Germán "Tin Tan" Valdes, Yerye Beirute, Augustin Fernandez, Consuelo Guerrero de Luna, Oscar Ortiz de Pinedo, Alfredo Wally Barron.
A professor experimenting with assorted corpses manages to bring a mummy, (Chaney), back to life, but it changes into a werewolf and wreaks havoc in the surrounding community. All the scientist's failed experiments are looked after a cretaker, (Valdes), in a wax museum.
Originally a bad comedy of 1959, until Warren cut the humorous scenes, added shots with American actors and stock footage from the Mexican La Momia Azteca (1957), creating an equally bad horror film.
Warren is more deserving of the title of the worst filmmaker than Ed Wood. At least Wood cared about his productions, Warren's have the appearance of being slapped together purely for commercial reasons, making little sense and providing minimal entertainment. See also La Marca del Muerto.

THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR (1962) see Tales of Terror

CASE OF POISONS (1955) see Poison Affair

IL CASTELLO DEI MORTI VIVI (1964/Serena Film/Francinor) 90mins. BW. Italy/France.
Aka: CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Credits: Dir: Luciano Ricci (Herbert Wise) & Michael Reeves; Prod: Paul Maslansky; Sc: Warren Kiefer; Ph: Aldo Tonti; Ed: Mario Serandrei; Art: Carlo Gentili; Mus: Angelo Lavagnino.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Gaia Germani, Philippe Leroy, Jacques Stanislawski, Mirko Valentin, Antonio De Martino, Luciano Pigozzi, Ennio Antonelli, Donald Sutherland, Louis Williams.
A travelling group of circus performers arrive at Count Drago's castle where some of them are mysteriously murdered. Drago, (Lee), is killing them and preserving their corpses to revive later to do his bidding. He eventually becomes a victim of his own creation when he accidentally cuts himself with a scalpel coated in his special embalming fluid.
Slightly better than the usual European offering due mainly to the few scenes directed by Reeves who was called in when Ricci fell behind schedule.
Sutherland makes his film debut in two roles, one as an old lady.
Originally double-billed with Cinque Tombe Per un Medium.

IL CASTELLO DI ARTENA (1965/Pacemaker/MBS. Cinemat/Ralph Zucker) 87mins. Italy.
Aka: THE CRIMSON EXECUTIONER; THE RED HANGMAN; DES VIERGES POUR LE BOURREAU; THE BLOODY PIT OF HORROR.
Credits: Dir: Massimo Pupillo (Max Hunter); Prod: Francesco Merli; Sc: Roberto Natale & Romano Magliorini; Ph: Luciano Trasatti; Ed: Robert Ardis; Art: Frank F. Arnold; Mus: Gino Peguri. Based on the story "The Marquis De Sade".
Cast: Mickey Hargitay, Walter Brandt, Louise Barrett (Luisa Baratto), Rita Klein, Ralph Zucker, Alfred Rice (Alfredo Rizzo), Moa Thai, Barbara Nelli, Femi Martin, Mario Pupillo.
"My vengeance needs blood".
A publisher, a photographer and five sexy models for a book promotion visit the owner of a castle, (Hargitay). What the arrivals don't know when they decide to go into his torture chamber, is that the owner will become his evil ancestor the Crimson Executioner and utilise the various cruel devices on the visitors.
An entertaining film with all the elements expected from European exploitation. Hargitay gives what is his best performance and the appearance of a laughable mechanical spider is just one of the treats in store.
Hargitay is Jane Mansfield's husband.
Originally double-billed with Cinque Tombe Per un Medium.

EL CASTILLO DE LOS MONSTRUOS (1957/Producciones Sotomayor) 90mins. BW. Mexico. Aka: CASTLE OF THE MONSTERS.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Julian Soler (Jesus Sotomayor); Sc: Fernando Galiana & Carlos Orellana; Ph: Victor Herrara.
Cast: German Robles, Evangelina Elizondo, Antonio Espino Clavillazo, Carlos Orellana, Guillermo Orea.
A young couple's, (Clavillazo & Elizondo), car breaks down near an isolated castle where they decide to spend the night only to be chased by a variety of monsters including a gorilla, a mummy, a werewolf, the creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein's monster and a vampire, (Robles).
Mexican comic duo Clavillazo and Elizondo add only more incredible dullness to this abysmal haunted house comedy that features as many Mexican movie monsters as possible.
Sotomayor followed this with the equally unamusing La Nave de los Monstruos (1959).
Remade as Frankenstein el Vampiro y Compia (1961).

CASTLE OF BLOOD (1963) see La Lunga Notte del Terrore

CASTLE OF EVIL (1966/World Entertainment Corp.) 85mins.
Aka: THE HAUNTING AT CASTLE MANTEGO.
Credits: Dir: Francis de Lyon; Prod: Earl Lyon; Sc: Charles A. Wallace; Sfx: Roger George; Mu: Bob Dawn.
Cast: Virginia Mayo, Scott Brady, Hugh Marlowe, Lisa Gaye, David Brian.
The robot double of a dead scientist disfigured by phosphorous salts, kills the benefactors of the estate when they gather for the reading of the will at Castle Montego on a Caribbean Island.
A trite and cliché ridden, low budget variation of The Cat and the Canary that fails to thrill.
The same team are responsible for Destination: Inner Space.
The ad campaign offered a free funeral if you dropped dead during the film.

THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU
(1968/Terra Filmkunst/Balcazar Prod./Italian Int./Towers of London) 92mins. W. Germany/Spain/Italy/UK.
Aka: ASSIGNMENT ISTANBUL (US.); DIE FOLTERKAMMER DES FU MANCHU; THE TORTURE CHAMBER OF DOCTOR FU MANCHU.
Credits: Dir: Jess Franco; Prod: Peter Welbeck (Harry Alan Towers); Sc: Manfred Barthel, Jesus Balcazar & Harry Alan Towers; Ph: Manuel Merino; Mus: Carlo Camilleri.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Tsai Chin, Howard Marion Crawford, Richard Greene, Maria Perschy, Rosalba Neri, Gunther Stoll.
From his castle in Istanbul, Fu Manchu, (Lee), wrecks an ocean going liner by turning the water into ice with a special machine whose inventor he keeps a prisoner to further his plans for world domination. Nayland Smith, (Greene), tries to vanquish the Oriental fiend.
This is so badly constructed that it wasn't released for several years.

CASTLE OF TERROR (1963) see La Lunga Notte del Terrore

CASTLE OF TERROR (1963) see La Vergine di Norimberga

CASTLE OF THE CREEPING FLESH (1967/Aquila) 96mins. Germany.
Credits: Dir: Percy G. Parker (Adrian Hoven).
Cast: Janine Reynaud, Michael Lemoine, Howard Vernon.
A group of young people led by a hedonistic baron, (Lemoine), stumble upon the castle of Count Von Saxon, (Vernon), who is busy killing young girls for their organs to try and revive his dead daughter.
Although this has the bonus of actual footage of open-heart surgery, the ridiculously dubbed dialogue ruins whatever small potential the film might have.

CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD (1964) see Castello dei Mortu Vivi

CASTLE OF THE MONSTERS (1962) see Castillo de los Monstruos

CASTLE OF THE WALKING DEAD (1968) see Die Schlangenrube und das Pendel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CAT GIRL
(1957/Insignia/Anglo Amalgamated) 76mins. BW. UK.
Aka: THE CAT WOMAN.
Credits: Dir: Alfred Shaughnessy; Prod: Herbert Smith & Lou Rusoff; Sc: Lou Rusoff; Ph: Peter Hennessy.
Cast: Barbara Shelley, Robert Ayres, Kay Callard, Paddy Webster, Ernest Milton, Lilly Kann, Jack May, Martin Boddey.
Leonora, (Shelley), inherits a family curse causing her spirit to enter a leopard by night which does her murderous bidding when she discovers that her husband is having an affair. The leopard is finally run over by her psychiatrist's car and she dies.
A cheap remake of The Cat People that made little use of Shelley's obvious talents, although her first transformation remains impressive. This was Shelley's first horror film.

CAT WOMEN ON THE MOON (1954/Three Dimensional Pictures/Astor) 63mins. BW.
3-D. US. Aka: ROCKET TO THE MOON.
Credits: Dir: Arthur Hilton; Prod. & Sfx: Al Zimbalist & Jack Rabin; Sc: Roy Hamilton; Ph: William Whitley; Ed: John Bushelman; Art: William Glasgow; Sets: Fay C. Babcock; Mu: Harry Thomas; Mus: Elmer Bernstein.
Cast: Sonny Tufts, Marie Windsor, Victor Jory, Susan Morrow, William Phipps, Douglas Fowley, Carole Brewster, Betty Arlen, Judy Walsh, Suzann Alexander, Roxann Delman, Ellye Marshall.
"See the deadly cave of forbidden moon-gold! See the lost city of love-starved Cat-Women! See the bloodthirsty battle of the moon monsters!"
"You're too smart for me baby! I like 'em stupid"
- astronaut.
A crew of astronauts encounter a two million-year-old civilisation dwelling within the Moon, but a lack of oxygen has dwindled their numbers to only seven. The cat-women tribe of telepathic stereoscopic Hollywood cover girls have previously influenced Helen Salinger to join the rocket crew to lead the men to their lair so that they can learn of the space rocket's construction. One catwoman betrays her race when she falls in love with an astronaut, (Tufts), and is punished by death. The remaining crew shoot the alien women and overcome two horned spiders in a cave to escape.
Unbearable schlock that is thought by many to be one of the worst films ever made.
Zimbalist initiated an unsuccessful law suit against the radio show "My Little Margie" in which one of the characters saw a film titled "Cat Women From Outer Space".

CATACOMBS (1964/Parroch-McCallum) 84mins. UK.
Aka: THE WOMAN WHO WOULDN’T DIE (US).
Credits: Dir: Gordon Hessler; Prod: Jack Parsons; Sc: Daniel Mainwaring; Ph: Arthur Lavis; Ed: Robert Winter; Art: George Provis; Mus: Carlo Martelli. From the novel "Catacombs" by Jay Bennett.
Cast: Gary Merrill, Jane Merrow, Neil McCallum, Georgina Cookson, Rachel Thomas, Jack Train, Frederick Piper.
A man tries to make a murderer believe that the ghost of his victim is haunting him.

CAULDRON OF BLOOD (1968/Hispamer/Weinbach Prod.) 101mins. (Video: 87mins.) Spain/US. Released Aug.'71.
Aka: BLIND MANS BLUFF; EL COLECCIONISTA DE CADAVERES. (THE CORPSE COLLECTOR); DEATH COMES FROM THE DARK; CHILDREN OF BLOOD.
Credits: Dir: Ed Mann (Santos Alcocer); Prod: Robert D. Weinbach & Ed Mann; Sc: John Melson, Ed Mann & Jose Luis Bayonas; Ph: Francisco Sempere; Ed: J. Antonio Rojo; Art: Gil Parrondo; Sfx: Thierre Path‚; Mus: Ray Ellis.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Jean Pierre Aumont, Viveca Lindfors, Jacqui Speed, Rosenda Monteros, Dianik Zurakowska, Ruben Rojo, Milo Queseda.
"Tender flesh. Burning acid".
A kindly blind sculptor, (Karloff), uses skeletons as frames for his sculptures, but unknown to the sculptor, his sadistic young wife, (Lindfors), and her equally unpleasant lover provide the sculptor with the skeletons of people they have murdered.
A dull and poorly scripted film with only Karloff's minor performance to providing any interest.
Not released until 1971, after Karloff's death.

CAVE OF THE LIVING DEAD (1963) see Der Fluch der Grunen Augen

CEMETERY OF THE LIVING DEAD (1965) see Cinque Tombe Per un Medium

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CEREBROS DIABOLICOS
(1966/Filmica Vergara) 85mins. BW. Mexico.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Federico Curiel.
Cast: Blue Demon, Alejandro Cruz, Blanca Sanchez, Martha Elen Cervantes.
The heroic wrestler Blue Demon encounters spider opeople from outer space that take human form, but are unable to maintain their disguise for long.

 

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