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Author Topic: The Blancheville Monster / Horror (Alberto De Martino, 1963)  (Read 3354 times)

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"The beautiful young daughter of a crazed count fears that she will fall victim to the family curse - to be sacrificed to fulfill an ancient family legend." (IMDB)
Personally I really like this great gothic horror (love the fact that you see people's breath in the cold night).
I wonder what other classic Italian horror fans think?

I've read somewhere it was somewhat influenced by (the success of) Corman's House Of Usher.
Interesting that the abbey ruins location was later re-used in Tombs Of The Blind Dead,Companeros and Werewolf Shadow.
The only known dvd release is an ok quality alpha dvd.

But there is also a French widescreen vhs release in sepia!
It's widescreen and looks great,unfortunately the tape I have is a little damaged in one spot (so far).
In secam it would probably look gorgeous with the sepia tinting.
I'm considering buying another French tape if someone would possibly be willing to try to make a fandub of this one.
With some luck the new tape would be perfect or otherwise a composite would have to be made.
I don't have the know-how or equipment to do this.
A vcr that plays secam (in color) is a must.I don't have one.
I would send both secam tapes to the person (hopefully reliable) who wants to try to make a nice fandubbed version.
Just let me know if someone's up for this.
I'm sure golden age Italian horror fans would be eternally grateful... ;)

PS the tape can also be played in a pal vcr but you lose the sepia,it's b/w then.
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I've read somewhere it was somewhat influenced by (the success of) Corman's House Of Usher.

Not hard to believe.  It is said that WHIP AND THE BODY and some other Italian horrors were inspired by PIT AND THE PENDULUM.

CASTLE OF BLOOD which was by the same producers as BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER was also released to French cassette in sepia.

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CASTLE OF BLOOD which was by the same producers as BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER was also released to French cassette in sepia.
Very interesting,thanks for the info.
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 I had a copy of this film in one of those 50 film U.S box sets I think the title was "Tales of Terror "
 possibly Brentwood , it had a waterwheel as its logo , the same outfit does a 50 Sword and
 Sandal boxset ( which features Fredas "Samson and the seven miricles " Gordon Scott,
 White warrior with Steve Reeves , the horror boxsets feature Murder Mansion / Witches
 Mountain / Phantom of Soho / the silent Maciste and others .
 The film was under the title "Horror" , a great beginning with the pan up the side of the castle
 in a storm . Its a touch slow moving , but is well made and fits in nicely with 60s horror .
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Not a trailer of course but could this be the sepia version?

Blancheville Monster (aka Horror) original trialer

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