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Long Hair of Death 
Written by: on March 9th, 2006

Release Date: Italy, 1964
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Cast: Barbara Steele, George Ardisson, Halina Zalewska,.Umberto Raho

DVD released: October 4th 2005
Approximate running time: 95 mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (approximately)
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Eclectic DVD
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $12.95


Synopsis: Elizabeth and Helen’s mother is burnt at the stake forg a witch and having caused the death beinof a local lord’s son. Helen’s efforts to convince the lord to postpone the execution prove fruitless and she dies cursing him and Karl, his son. When Elizabeth grows up she becomes the object of Karl’s erotic obsession and finally gives in to marry him. Their marriage runs into trouble when a beautiful woman looking very like Helen arrives and Karl sets about seducing her and removing any barriers to this new relationship. Will Helen’s curse be visited on Karl and will Elizabeth survive his new adultery.

Antonio Margheriti made great films, ordinary films and bizarre films. He made spaghetti westerns, Gialli, Zombie films, Gothic horror, war films and even a Blaxploitation movie. This earlyish Gothic Horror unites him with scream queen Barbara Steele and writer Ernesto Gastaldi. Long Hair is a Poe-like tale of revenge. Evil Karl kills his own brother and sends an innocent woman to her death. Karl’s father uses the excuse of the woman’s execution to seduce one daughter and the curse is laid on the family. The curse leads to the lord’s people being affected by pestilence and only when Elizabeth asks her mother’s grave for respite does it stop. Karl then takes her as his bride only for Helen’s re-emergence to lead in train a set of assassinations and deceits which lead to Karl’s poetic end.

Long Hair is competently made, well produced and strongly acted. Like Margheriti’s Castle of Blood it is quite racy for its time and some Steele nudity will guarantee appreciation with fanboys. It isn’t as good as other great Italian horror like Mill of the Stone Women, Suspiria or Black Sabbath but it is equally as enjoyable as Virgin of Nuremberg or Castle of Blood.

Long Hair of Death is a good addition to your Italian Horror collection.

The DVD:

Frankly this disc is a bootleg masquerading as something better. The original print looks like it was a video port as it is incredibly soft in places with some shadowing of the images.

Worse is the fact that the dodgy sound is out of synch from 40 minutes on. It may be dubbed but it is so far out of synch that the wrong persons lips are moving!

There are no extras.

This is an awful presentation. Don’t let the cover art fool you and buy a better quality bootleg than this supposedly kosher release.

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