Italian director Antonio Margheriti’s eerie tale, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s story “Danse Macabre,” stars Georges Riviere as Alan Foster, a journalist who questions horror writer Poe’s claim that his fiction is based on true adventures.
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The first half is a very well told conventional haunted house film. The second half is something else entirely: near non-stop intensity for 45 minutes, with intriguingly sympathetic revenants, and an original sense of time. The "happy" ending is cherry on the cake. A superb piece of Italian Gothic.