Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery
A tourist spends the night in a derelict Spanish villa seemingly held in the supernatural grip of an eccentric butler, who resembles a depiction of the Devil she had seen on an ancient fresco.
The film was shot without sound and the dialog was dubbed in after principle photography. Reportedly while directing the cast on the set Bava would play Rodrigo's "Concerto d'Aranjuez" to get the emotion he desired from the actors.
I prefer ghosts to vampires, though. They're so much more human; they have a tradition to live up to. Somehow they manage to keep all the horror in without spilling any blood.
The 90-minute Spanish version has an extended, gorier version of Sylva Koscina's death scene. However, the two sex scenes are severely re-edited and significant part of the ending is cut out.
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