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
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Starring: Rosanda Podestà, Christopher Lee
Style and coolness
Skulls and thunderstorms
Suspense and tension