Castle of Evil (1967)

81 mins | Horror | March 1967

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HISTORY

According to a 24 Nov 1965 Var production chart, principal photography began 11 Nov 1965 at Producers Studio in Los Angeles, CA. The picture was listed by its working title, Haunting at Castle Montego. An article in the 12 Nov 1965 DV reported the title as The Haunting of Castle Montego, produced by the newly-formed United Pictures Corporation (UPC). Three weeks after the start of production, the 3 Dec 1965 LAT stated that actor Hugh Marlowe had completed his role. The 5 May 1966 DV noted that the film, officially titled Castle of Evil, was awaiting release.
       Movie listings in the 15 Mar 1967 LAT indicated that the picture had recently opened in Southern CA. Openings followed in Boston, MA (12 Apr 1967 Var), and in Cincinnati, OH (25 Oct 1967 Var). A review in the 11 Oct 1967 Var described the film as a “poor horror-cum-mystery item.” It was currently showing at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.
       The 26 Jan 1967 DV revealed that Castle of Evil, along with three other titles distributed by World Entertainment Corp., was licensed to television stations in thirteen “western states,” months before its general ... More Less

According to a 24 Nov 1965 Var production chart, principal photography began 11 Nov 1965 at Producers Studio in Los Angeles, CA. The picture was listed by its working title, Haunting at Castle Montego. An article in the 12 Nov 1965 DV reported the title as The Haunting of Castle Montego, produced by the newly-formed United Pictures Corporation (UPC). Three weeks after the start of production, the 3 Dec 1965 LAT stated that actor Hugh Marlowe had completed his role. The 5 May 1966 DV noted that the film, officially titled Castle of Evil, was awaiting release.
       Movie listings in the 15 Mar 1967 LAT indicated that the picture had recently opened in Southern CA. Openings followed in Boston, MA (12 Apr 1967 Var), and in Cincinnati, OH (25 Oct 1967 Var). A review in the 11 Oct 1967 Var described the film as a “poor horror-cum-mystery item.” It was currently showing at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.
       The 26 Jan 1967 DV revealed that Castle of Evil, along with three other titles distributed by World Entertainment Corp., was licensed to television stations in thirteen “western states,” months before its general release.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Nov 1965
p. 3.
Daily Variety
5 May 1966
p. 10.
Daily Variety
17 Oct 1966
p. 5.
Daily Variety
26 Jan 1967
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
3 Dec 1965
Section D, p. 26.
Los Angeles Times
15 Mar 1967
Section E, p. 11.
Variety
24 Nov 1965
p. 23.
Variety
12 Apr 1967
p. 11.
Variety
11 Oct 1967
p. 22.
Variety
25 Oct 1967
p. 11.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Haunting of Castle Montego
Release Date:
March 1967
Premiere Information:
Texas showing: Nov 1966; Los Angeles opening: mid-Mar 1967; New York opening: early Oct 1967
Production Date:
began 11 Nov 1965
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Duration(in mins):
81
Countries:
Sweden, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The heirs of eccentric chemist Kovec are summoned to a remote castle on a wind-swept Caribbean island for the reading of the dead man's will. Upon their arrival, the guests (all of whom were present when Kovec was disfigured by phosphorous salts) are informed by the housekeeper, Lupe, that if any of them should die before the will is probated the survivors will share the extra portion. At this point Kovec's apparition comes before the heirs and declares that one of them was responsible for his disfiguration. That night, Kovec's doctor, Robert Hawley, is murdered, and a short time later Lupe is attacked. Before dying, Lupe explains that Kovec created an electronic man in his own image for purposes of revenge; but, bent on securing his fortune for herself, she programmed the monster to kill the heirs one by one. Now something obviously has gone wrong, for the creature is acting under its own volition. As it goes about its business of attempting to kill the rest of the guests--especially Kovec's ex-mistress, Sable--engineer Matt Granger finds a laser gun in the castle laboratory and destroys the electronic ... +


The heirs of eccentric chemist Kovec are summoned to a remote castle on a wind-swept Caribbean island for the reading of the dead man's will. Upon their arrival, the guests (all of whom were present when Kovec was disfigured by phosphorous salts) are informed by the housekeeper, Lupe, that if any of them should die before the will is probated the survivors will share the extra portion. At this point Kovec's apparition comes before the heirs and declares that one of them was responsible for his disfiguration. That night, Kovec's doctor, Robert Hawley, is murdered, and a short time later Lupe is attacked. Before dying, Lupe explains that Kovec created an electronic man in his own image for purposes of revenge; but, bent on securing his fortune for herself, she programmed the monster to kill the heirs one by one. Now something obviously has gone wrong, for the creature is acting under its own volition. As it goes about its business of attempting to kill the rest of the guests--especially Kovec's ex-mistress, Sable--engineer Matt Granger finds a laser gun in the castle laboratory and destroys the electronic man. +

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