PG | | Horror, Thriller
A young officer in Napoleon's Army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron.
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 ... ...
The crypt! It must be destroyed, and with it the dead.
Andre: Don't speak of the dead anymore. You're with me now.
Helene: I am possessed of the dead.
Andre: You're a warm living woman. Who has told you these things?
Helene: The dead.
Duvalier says he became separated from his regiment at the battle of Auerstädt, which puts the action in Prussia in mid-October 1806. However, the Fifth Chasseurs were not at the Battle of Auerstädt.
The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove closeup shots of a bleeding face after the bird attack and a shot of a woman's rotting face during the climax. All later releases are uncut.
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