Terror! Il castello delle donne maledette (1974)

Italy,
89m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.66:1
mono, Italian

An Italian horror film directed by Robert H. Oliver. The name “Robert H. Oliver” is clearly a pseudonym though it's not so clear who for. Ramiro Olvieros, Oscar Brazzi, Mario Mancini, Dick Randall and William Rose have all been suggested over the years and Mancini's is the name registered on the film's listing at the Italian copyright agency SIAE. Gordon Mitchell however has claimed that the director was actually named Robert Oliver while assistant director Gianlorenzo Battaglia has claimed that the director was an American who “left the film because of disagreements with the producer, and so Mario [Mancini] finished it on his own. I'm not 100% sure though.” 1Quoted by Roberto Curti in Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1970-1979.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Robert H. Oliver
Written by: Mark Smith, William Rose, Roberto Spano
Produced by: Robert H. Oliver
Executive Producer: G. Robert Straub
Music by: Marcello Gigante
Director of Photography: Mario Mancini
Editor: Enzo Micarelli
Art Director: Mario Ciccarella
Make-up: John Amadei
Hair: Stephen Trani [real name: Stefano Trani]
Classic Films International

Cast
Rossano Brazzi (Count )
Michael Dunn (Genz)
Edmund Purdom (prefect)
Gordon Mitchell (Igor)
Loren Ewing (Goliath)
Alan Collins [real name: Luciano Pigozzi] (Hans)
Xiro Papas (Kreegin
Boris Lugosi [real name: Salvatore Baccaro] (Ook)
Simone Blondell [real name: Simonetta Vitelli] (Maria)
Eric Mann (Eric)
Laura De Benedittis (Valda)
Robert Marx (Koerner)
Christiane Royce [real name: Christiane Rücker] (Krista)
Margaret Oliver (Paisan woman)
Perrella Alessandro [real name: Alessandro Perrella] (doctor)
Bob Fiz [real name: Roberto Fizz] (Paisan)
Tornello Annamaria [real name: Annamaria Tornello] (raped girl)
Aristide Caporale (grave-digger)
Palumbo Nicola [real name: Nicola Palumbo] (agent)
Mike Monty (Paisan)
Rossella Ferrero (Paisan woman)
Ozzie Raghet (Almut)
Walter Saxer (Warner)

Alternative Titles

El castillo de las mujeres malditas – Spain
Le château de l'horreur – France
Dr. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks – USA (video)
Oi eromenes tou Frankenstein – Greece
Fantasma de Biquini – Brazil
O Frankenstein xanahtypa – Greece (video)
Frankensteinin hirviöt – Finland
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks – USA
Frankenstein's Castle – UK (video)
Frankensteins monster – Finland (Swedish)
The House of Freaks
Die Leichenfabrik des Dr. Frankenstein – West German
Leichen Factory – West German (video)
The Monsters of Dr. Frankenstein
Monsters of Frankenstein
Terror
Terror Castle
Tromos stin villa ton parthenon – Greece (re-release)

Extracts included in
Extra Weird (2003)
Cinematic Titanic: Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (2008)

References

Books

  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.295-96
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.184
  • by Walt Lee p.203 – credits