Fine chilling & gothic giallo in (sort of) classic tradition without being too over-the-top sometimes, but why add in a gorilla? Ortolani's score - my god, sounded little uncomortable yet fits in the suspense pretty well.
"When a cat follows a dead person, that person's a vampire." What? Wouldn't that be a zombie? Doesn't matter. The best part of this movie is how they dealt with Serge. Serge seems to mumble and it's almost impossible for the dubber to match his lips. So he talks a lot when the camera isn't on him. Hilarious.
A gothic giallo set in a great castle setting with secret passages and spooky graveyards. The film is quite interesting visually but it doesn't manage to build up quite enough suspense. Unusually low on gore and nudity (not necessarily a bad thing) and the film's final twist seems less interesting than the colourful lamp held by the killer in the final scene.
It follows the path of gothic weirdness with a sombre story of heritage, family curse, local legends and psychological madness. Creeped out, eerie mood with well crafted scenes and a nice score. One oddity in the B-grade horror category. Funny to see Birkin & Gainsbourg (short appearance on screen) in this low budget cinematic adventure as they were at this time at the pick of their popular career.