The Black Castle Reviews

  • Jul 27, 2020

    A great film, a hunter shot in Africa and who lost his eye seeks revenge on the three who caused it. The count moved to the UK and kills two of the men, then the third goes undercover to find out what happened, the problem is he falls in love with the evil counts' wife who was forced to marry him, Karloff who is the doctor helps the hero and the girl who end up captured to escape buy faking death, the problem is they are going to be buried alive, but all goes horribly wrong, enjoyable stuff.

    A great film, a hunter shot in Africa and who lost his eye seeks revenge on the three who caused it. The count moved to the UK and kills two of the men, then the third goes undercover to find out what happened, the problem is he falls in love with the evil counts' wife who was forced to marry him, Karloff who is the doctor helps the hero and the girl who end up captured to escape buy faking death, the problem is they are going to be buried alive, but all goes horribly wrong, enjoyable stuff.

  • Jun 29, 2017

    Slightly worse than The Strange Door.

    Slightly worse than The Strange Door.

  • Jan 04, 2015

    Tepid gothic revenge melodrama--a Most Dangerous Game rerun. It's shot in b/w and set in the 18th century. The screenplay's author isJerry Sackheim.

    Tepid gothic revenge melodrama--a Most Dangerous Game rerun. It's shot in b/w and set in the 18th century. The screenplay's author isJerry Sackheim.

  • Mar 16, 2014

    Overall, creepy, atmospheric and entertaining, not masterpiece-status but very enjoyable stuff and not one to be avoided. 

    Overall, creepy, atmospheric and entertaining, not masterpiece-status but very enjoyable stuff and not one to be avoided. 

  • Aj V Super Reviewer
    Sep 05, 2010

    This is a good fifties movie in more the style of the old gothic universal monster movies. Plus it has the actors from those movies too.

    This is a good fifties movie in more the style of the old gothic universal monster movies. Plus it has the actors from those movies too.

  • Dec 14, 2009

    A fun and occasionally thrilling adventure tale about a man who sets off to find justice and ends up wreaking revenge on the man who killed his friends in a scuffle in Africa. It's nearly as fun as it sounds, and the prime attraction- a dungeon filled with crocodiles hidden beneath the Count's castle- is an absolute hoot. I checked this out because Boris Karloff was in it, but it was Richard Greene who stole the show. Holding his own with horror legends Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr., Greene has the charisma and wit that leads of this kind of movie typically lack. This is a fun movie, a delightful hybrid of horror and adventure.

    A fun and occasionally thrilling adventure tale about a man who sets off to find justice and ends up wreaking revenge on the man who killed his friends in a scuffle in Africa. It's nearly as fun as it sounds, and the prime attraction- a dungeon filled with crocodiles hidden beneath the Count's castle- is an absolute hoot. I checked this out because Boris Karloff was in it, but it was Richard Greene who stole the show. Holding his own with horror legends Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr., Greene has the charisma and wit that leads of this kind of movie typically lack. This is a fun movie, a delightful hybrid of horror and adventure.

  • Sep 27, 2009

    Respectable production values and a good cast are plusses. The story didn?t always hold my interest though, but it did have a good atmosphere.

    Respectable production values and a good cast are plusses. The story didn?t always hold my interest though, but it did have a good atmosphere.

  • Aug 27, 2009

    Starring: Richard Green, Stephen McNally, Rita Corday, Boris Karloff, Tudor Owen, John Hoyt, Michael Pate, Lon Chaney Jr, and Henry Corden Director: Nathan Juran In the early 18th century, an English spy (Green) travels to Austria's Black Forest to determine the fates of two of his best friends and fellow operatives. They were last heard from as guests of an eccentric count (McNally) whom they had opposed in Africa. While trying to ferret out the count's secrets, our hero decides to rescue his innocent young wife from his clutches (Corday). "The Black Castle" is an excellent and suspense-filled period drama that, although it's being told in flashback and you know that the hero and his love interest won't come to the dire end that they seem destined for, remains unpredictable until the very end. It's a film that builds steadily toward its final twist, a twist that few will see coming but that is nonetheless set up by everything that went before. It doesn't say anything good about modern screenwriters when, in a time where twist endings on suspense and horror films are all the rage, that a B-movie writer can do something far, far better than they come up with on their best days, in a time when they weren't common. Aside from a well-done script, the film is further augmented by excellent sets and excellent cinematography and some fine performances by the entire cast. Of particular note is Stephen McNally, who, although he plays the ultimate Snidley Whiplash-type character who is dwells in the ultimate melodramatic gothic villian's lair--an isolated castle with secret corridors, torture chambers, burial vaults and a pit full of crocodiles, still manages to bring a little depth to the character. He injects just enough charm into this thoroughly evil character that I couldn't help but root for him ever-so-slightly in his effort to outwit the one-dimensional, more-righteous-than-righteous British agent. Also of note are the performances by the two horror cinema great Boris Karloff. His role is small, but, like McNally he manages to bring infuse some depth into a character who might otherwise come across as just a sniveling slimeball. (Lon Chaney Jr is also seen, once again playing one of those menacing simpletons that he seemed to have been relegated to at this stage in his career... he does what he can with a fairly empty part.) "The Black Castle" is a film that should appeal to lovers of classic movies, especially if they like their gothic romances with a side of twisted vengence. Although made in the mid-1950s, the film feels more like something from the 1930s or 1940s.

    Starring: Richard Green, Stephen McNally, Rita Corday, Boris Karloff, Tudor Owen, John Hoyt, Michael Pate, Lon Chaney Jr, and Henry Corden Director: Nathan Juran In the early 18th century, an English spy (Green) travels to Austria's Black Forest to determine the fates of two of his best friends and fellow operatives. They were last heard from as guests of an eccentric count (McNally) whom they had opposed in Africa. While trying to ferret out the count's secrets, our hero decides to rescue his innocent young wife from his clutches (Corday). "The Black Castle" is an excellent and suspense-filled period drama that, although it's being told in flashback and you know that the hero and his love interest won't come to the dire end that they seem destined for, remains unpredictable until the very end. It's a film that builds steadily toward its final twist, a twist that few will see coming but that is nonetheless set up by everything that went before. It doesn't say anything good about modern screenwriters when, in a time where twist endings on suspense and horror films are all the rage, that a B-movie writer can do something far, far better than they come up with on their best days, in a time when they weren't common. Aside from a well-done script, the film is further augmented by excellent sets and excellent cinematography and some fine performances by the entire cast. Of particular note is Stephen McNally, who, although he plays the ultimate Snidley Whiplash-type character who is dwells in the ultimate melodramatic gothic villian's lair--an isolated castle with secret corridors, torture chambers, burial vaults and a pit full of crocodiles, still manages to bring a little depth to the character. He injects just enough charm into this thoroughly evil character that I couldn't help but root for him ever-so-slightly in his effort to outwit the one-dimensional, more-righteous-than-righteous British agent. Also of note are the performances by the two horror cinema great Boris Karloff. His role is small, but, like McNally he manages to bring infuse some depth into a character who might otherwise come across as just a sniveling slimeball. (Lon Chaney Jr is also seen, once again playing one of those menacing simpletons that he seemed to have been relegated to at this stage in his career... he does what he can with a fairly empty part.) "The Black Castle" is a film that should appeal to lovers of classic movies, especially if they like their gothic romances with a side of twisted vengence. Although made in the mid-1950s, the film feels more like something from the 1930s or 1940s.

  • Jun 20, 2009

    The best thing about The Black Castle is the stunning cinematography. Each scene has an engaging sort of depth that just draws the viewer in. Aside from that it's just a fun little horror/melodrama complete with crocodile pit, torture chamber and eye patch wearing villain.

    The best thing about The Black Castle is the stunning cinematography. Each scene has an engaging sort of depth that just draws the viewer in. Aside from that it's just a fun little horror/melodrama complete with crocodile pit, torture chamber and eye patch wearing villain.

  • Jul 08, 2008

    The kind of vintage horror film that packs the cliches in so tight it verges on parody. Karloff has very little to do but does it well. Chaney has even less to do and you can't help feeling a bit sorry for him and what he had come to by this point.

    The kind of vintage horror film that packs the cliches in so tight it verges on parody. Karloff has very little to do but does it well. Chaney has even less to do and you can't help feeling a bit sorry for him and what he had come to by this point.