TV-PG | | Horror, Thriller
Roger Corman made this picture in the midst of a cycle of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations and considers it an "honorary member" of that cycle. The previous Poe pictures had ended with the castle or mansion being destroyed by fire (Corman's crew had some to look forward to "fire day") but with this one, Corman decided to change the formula and have the castle destroyed by a flood instead. Noting the abundance of Second Unit Directors who had worked on the film, four, to that point, Jack Nicholson requested and received permission to direct the climactic flood sequence himself.
One more question, Baron: has anyone else except yourself seen the spirit? Stefan, for instance.
Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe: You think I'm mad, don't you.
Andre: Right now, Baron, I'm not sure just what I think.
Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe: Ah! But don't forget: *you* saw her, too. Perhaps we're both mad.
On Ilsa's gravestone, the year of her death is indicated at 1782. However, her painted portrait is dated 1786.
In 1990 Roger Corman prepared a new version with about 10 minutes additional footage to copyright the film for his Concorde-New Horizon Corp. Mark Griffiths was the director of this new footage (added at the beginning and the end of the film). It was filmed on video and featured Rick Dean, Wayne Grace and Dick Miller (the only actor from the original cast - now 27 years older).