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Castle of the Walking Dead [DVD]

Christopher Lee , Lex Barker , Harald Reinl    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Lex Barker, Karin Dor
  • Directors: Harald Reinl
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TAHMP8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,067 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After a public execution, the good people of a small Transylvanian community think they have finally rid themselves of the murderous Count Regula, known to his victims as Dr Sadism ......they were wrong! Even being drawn and quatered does not cripple this sadist. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of his intended 13th victim and the son of his prosecutor in order to attain immortal ife. Borrowing loosely from Poe's The Pit & The Pendulum, director Harald Reinl does a masterful job of pacing and fills the screen with surreal and spine tingling images. Reinl's real life wife Karin Dor plays the luscious Baroness Lillian von Brabant, the last female member of one of the families. Only her blood can give the Count what he needs for his life elixir.

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Castle Of The Walking Dead


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Castle Of The Walking Dead", a.k.a. "The Blood Demon" and a.k.a. "The Torture Chamber Of Dr. Sadism", is a wonderfully atmospheric, and sometimes sleazy, 1960s European horror film starring the great Christopher Lee and Lex Barker (who is best-known for playing Tarzan). The film is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit And The Pendulum" with Chris Lee as Count Regula, a sort of vampire, who is sentenced to death for his evil deeds that included the killing of twelve virgins for their blood. You can't keep the old boy down though and, years later, he has been resurrected and is up to his old tricks again. The Count needs a thirteenth victim to supply the necessary human blood for his life elixir so that he can achieve immortality.

This is a fairly entertaining horror film that has certain scenes that stick in the memory - the creepy forest with corpses hanging from the trees and The Count's lair with its dingy dungeons (that's not easy to say) containing gruesome instruments of torture, for instance.

I really wish they had released this film on DVD as "The Torture Chamber Of Dr. Sadism" as this is a much better and far more appropriate title. The title "Castle Of The Walking Dead" is very similar to another 1960s Chris Lee film called "Castle Of The Living Dead" and could cause some confusion over which film is which.

There is another problem with this particular DVD release, and it is a HUGE one. The picture quality is extremely poor at times with evident signs of print damage on the film itself. It is like watching an old VHS tape that is in bad shape. I know it's a rare old movie but I would still expect the quality to be much better than this. This is such a shame really because "COTWD" is quite a good movie that deserves better treatment than this on DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally Bad Transfer!! 30 Oct 2012
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I have to to say it: Castle of the Walking Dead, this version is quite bad both in audio and especially video quality. There may be better versions out there but this is the third one {under a different title) that is pretty bad. Granted this isn't one of the better films Christopher Lee has appeared in, though his performance excells as with most of his films. But the change of title (quite noticible with the original title blacked out for ...Walking Dead) and the terrible editing, I would advise to pass on this one and hope some other studio can find a better print that doesn't look like a public domain copy, and with a little work, produce something more watchable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars castle of the walking dead cornerstone dvd 13 Oct 2012
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My review concerns the Cornerstone edition of the dvd Castle of the walking dead. The print looks terrible, very sub standard, the movie runs 71 minutes and not 82 minutes, on top of that it has incorrect aspect ratio. Don't buy this edition!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He's Just A Regula Guy 29 Dec 2011
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!!! WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. !!!

When the monstrous Count Regula(Christopher Lee) is about to face his horrific execution, he places a curse on the families of those who brought him to justice. Thirty five years later, the descendants of his tormentors, Baroness Lilian von Brabant(Karin Dor) and Roger Mont Elise(Lex Barker) recieve mysterious letters summoning them to the Castle Andomai. After getting little or no help from shifty villagers, Roger finds a local priest called Father Fabian(Vladimir Medar) who is willing to guide him to the castle. After Lilian and her servant Babette are attacked by highwaymen, Roger and Fabian rescue them. All four make their way to the Castle Andomai, the place where they will meet their destiny....
I do have a big problem with this release. This has nothing to do with the film itself, a highly entertaining piece of Euro-shlock, that delivers cheese and chills in equal measure. Whilst every hoary old cliche in the book is used as a plot device, scenes such as the mist enshrouded trip through a forest where bodies and skeletons hang from the trees are memorable and dripping with atmosphere.
No, my problem is regarding the product information. Apparently uncut this film runs for 85 minutes. If you read the info on this particular release from Cornerstone Media, it has the running time as 81 mins. However, this version of the film runs for only just over 70 mins, so obviously much has been lost. Perhaps, it would be advisable to seek out an alternative European release with less cuts. As for the picture quality, well I would say that was pretty good when taking into consideration the archive nature of the source material.
So thgis release is strictly for fans of Euro horror, who need this film to complete their collection.
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