Nightmare Castle is a 1965 Italian horror film directed by Mario Caiano. The film stars Paul Muller, Helga LinÃ© and Barbara Steele in a dual role.Mario Caiano shot the film in Rome and declared it his tribute to the Gothic genre and to actress Barbara Steele. Among reviews of the film, critics and historians note Steele's dual performance.Stephen Arrowsmith (Paul Meuller), a scientist, has his home laboratory in the castle owned by his wife Muriel (Barbara Steele). Arrowsmith finds her having sex with a gardener, David. He attacks and disfigures David with a hot poker and burns Muriel's face with acid. Before electrocuting both of them, Arrowsmith is told that he is not Muriel's heir, but that the estate has been willed to her stepsister, Jenny (also Steele), who is mentally unstable. Arrowsmith removes David's and Muriel's hearts and hides them in an urn. He uses their blood to rejuvenate his aged servant, Solange (Helga LinÃ©).
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