Nachtschatten (1971)

West Germany, 1971
35mm film, colour, 1.33:1
mono, German

A West German horror film directed by Niklaus Schilling.

Plot Summary

Music publisher Jan Eckmann plans on buying an old house but finds the current owner, Elena Berg, strangely unwilling to discuss a sale. The locals suspect that she murdered her husband and as Jan falls in love with her he comes to identify with her supposedly dead husband.


A Film by: Niklaus Schilling
© [not given on screen]
Director of Photography: Ingo Hamer
Music: Ariola-Eurodisc-Amalthea
Sound: Wolfgang Schöffel

Elke Hart [real name: Elke Haltaufderheide] [Elena Berg]
John Van Dreelen [Jan Eckmann]
Max Krügel [Wirt]
Ella Timmermann [farmer’s wife]

Alternative Titles

Nightshade – International language title
Ombre della notte – Italy
Sombras da Noite – Portugal
Sombras nocturnas – Spain



  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.261
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.196
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.327 – credits