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Summary: A young officer in Napoleon's army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron where he discovers that she is the pawn of an old witch bent on driving the Baron to suicide. (imdb)
Remembered by Nicholson as the only movie he ever made without a plot (a debatable point), this infamous quickie was improvised to make use of the castle set from _The Raven_ and two days owed on Karloff's contract, with the rest of the film finished on weekends with everyone from Francis Ford Coppola to Monte Hellman contributing to the shooting. Jack is profoundly miscast. Despite almost total confusion, a few of the scenes have a nice spooky quality to them, and the ending is a shocker.
Vaguely worthwhile for two reasons: a) Karloff's dominant theatrical display, and b) to gain an understanding of just how far Jack Nicholson's acting has come (he's poor here). Otherwise, it's one of those dime-a-dozen works.
Kind of interesting in that there were many different directors running around grabbing footage for this (often the dialogue doesn't even remotely match the lip movements of the actors) in their very tight shooting schedule. Then Corman and the boys assembled and said, "OK, what the hell do we DO with all this crap that we've filmed?" What a mess
An old gothic classic with everything necessary: a handsome hero, a beautiful young girl, an old witch woman and an old baron with a servent the only companion in an old dusty castle with the crypt. What else you need? Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff and Roger Corman. Okay, I was not that attentive for the entire movie...
Its plot twist will make your head explode. Seriously. Whatever you may think it is, you're way off. Karloff, the constant professional, gave a great performance. Nicholson on the other hand was wooden and gave quite probably his worst performance. Corman laid on the Gothic atmosphere real thick but no amount of spooky layers could save this.