Praiseworthy gothic horror: THE VIRGIN OF NUREMBERG review

Rosanda Podestà moves to her new husband’s rather spooky castle in Germany. One night she decides to wander around the castle corridors in her nightgown, and she stumbles upon a dead woman inside one of the many torture devices kept in the dungeon of the castle. The corpse’s eyes have been gouged out! Nasty stuff – there are some surprisingly gory moments in the film, considering it was made in 1963. Anyway, she tells her ultra-slick husband about it. But he just stands there looking like a moron. The corpse has disappeared and he thinks that it was just a hallucination. But our heroine decides to stick around (She doesn’t let a mere technicality like death frighten her), and she’s convinced that the moody manservant (Christopher Lee) is the killer.

The Virgin of Nuremberg is a beautifully looking Italian horror film. The gothic atmosphere is so rich you can taste it – with thunderstorms, skulls, corpses and medieval torture devices. His holiness Christopher Lee gives another great performance, although he was dubbed by another guy for the English version. I loved Riz Ortolani’s jazzy score and it fits the creepy atmosphere. And one last thing: The process against Nazi leaders after World War II was held in Nuremberg, so of course there’s a Nazi sub-plot in the film, about a hooded holocaust survivor called ‘The Punisher’, who was disfigured by Hitlers psycho doctors during the war. A good, color-splashed film, and the combination of gothic horror and WWII is undoubtedly unique.

The Virgin of Nuremberg (“La vergine di Norimberga”)
Aka. Horror Castle
Release year: 1963
Country: Italy
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Starring: Rosanda Podestà, Christopher Lee
Rosanda Podestà moves to her new husband's rather spooky castle in Germany. One night she decides to wander around the castle corridors in her nightgown, and she stumbles upon a dead woman inside one of the many torture devices kept in the dungeon of the castle. The corpse's eyes have been gouged out! Nasty stuff - there are some surprisingly gory moments in the film, considering it was made in 1963. Anyway, she tells her ultra-slick husband about it. But he just stands there looking like a moron. The corpse has disappeared and he thinks that it was…

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Style and coolness
Shock scenes
Skulls and thunderstorms
Suspense and tension

Good

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