Sunday, August 21, 2016

THE BLACK CASTLE

The Black Castle Movie Poster

An English bloke (Richard Greene) ventures to Austria and a castle owned by Count von Bruno (Stephen McNally) in hopes of finding some missing friends, stealing the Count's wife, and, of course, doing battle with the evil count, who himself is seeking revenge for a previous incident in Africa. It sounds like there's a lot more going on in this 1952 film than there actually is--in reality, this is a dreadfully boring outing that attempted to capture some magic by reuniting Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney.

Boris and...two dead people?

Karloff, despite being near the top of the bill, is barely in the movie, which is unfortunate not only in the fact that there can never be enough Boris Karloff, but also because his character was the only one that was even remotely interesting--I shudder to think what this movie would have been like without him. The plot is boring, the pacing is excruciating, the acting is the most terrifying thing about the movie--this film is what should be prescribed to people suffering from insomnia. Take a typical Hammer movie, remove the good ending, and The Black Castle is what you have left. 

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 3

No movie trailer, but here's a clip featuring alligators

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