I was dying to see this again but the video costs too much. Imagine my joy discovering that some generous soul recently uploaded it to Youtube!
Made in Italy in 1964, it stars the awesome Barbara Steele in the dual roles of Helen and Mary Karnstein.
This is one of my favorite Gothic films. It is utterly Shakspearean with its themes witchcraft, dark motives, abuse of power, murder and justice. Ghosts return from the grave to get revenge on the spoiled, dispicable princling, Kurt, convincingly acted by the versitile and viril George Ardisson,
The chiarascuro lighting, the brooding atmosphere, excellent acting, stunning black and white cinemaphotography and the spooky soundtrack with it frequent zing of the ondes martinot, combine to thrilling effect.
If you love MacBeth, Hamlet, or any of the old Gothic Horror and Thriller books and movies of the past, please take 90 minutes and watch this!
In a dark, brooding castle in a 15th century feudal village, a woman is burned as a witch. The execution is unjust, and as she dies, the accused witch levels a curse on the house of her murders. Her beautiful older daughter, Helen, knows the real reason for the execution—-to cover a crime committed by somebody else… After confronting the lord on the matter, she, too, is killed.
The much younger daughter, Elizabeth, is spared and taken care of by the nurse who clues her in to the fact that her mother and sister share the same grave. Once she is of age, as a horrible, deadly plague sweeps the land, Elizabeth is forced to marry the lord’s vain and worthless son, Kurt. Then, during a brutal thunderstorm, the older daughter, Helen, now called Mary, mysteriously reappears and begins to avenge her mother’s death.
If you like this, go to The Gothic Library, scroll down below my decorations, and watch Black Sunday, another Gothic masterpiece starring Barbara Steele!