Castle of Evil (1966)

Article 2707 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-1-2008
Posting Date: 1-10-2009
Directed by Francis D. Lyon
Featuring Scott Brady, Virginia Mayo, David Brian
Country: USA

A group of people gather at the castle of an inventor who has made them heirs to his fortune. However, when they arrive, the inventor is dead, and it is discovered that the heirs will only get the money when they discover which one of them was responsible for the accident that burned his face. As it turns out, the inventor left behind a robot replica of himself intent on killing all of them off.

This movie has a poor reputation, but I actually was hoping that I could defend the movie a little; despite its flaws, I liked the way the script effortlessly merges the “old dark house” movies with the “mad scientist” movies, even if the mad scientist is dead at the top of the movie. I also think the script is passable and the acting is good. Unfortunately, the movie falls flat; the dull direction fails to generate the necessary suspense at the appropriate moments, and the movie ends up trudging from one tired scene to another, and the lack of energy becomes draining. An abrupt and rather disappointing ending further weakens things. In the end, I can’t really defend it too much; it just gets too dull to be much fun, though it didn’t have to be that way.


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