Newlywed Max Hunter, a young German
nobleman, takes his American wife, Mary, to his ancestral family
castle on the Rhine. During their first night there, Mary
discovers the mutilated body of a young girl inside an ancient
torture device called "The Virgin of Nuremberg."
The body disappears, and Max attempts to
convince Mary that she has been dreaming, but the doctor who
examines her finds evidence that there really was a corpse and
alerts American FBI agent Selby, who has already been keeping the
castle under observation.
Mary's terror is compounded by the
presence of Erich, the horribly scarred chauffeur-caretaker, and
Marta, the housekeeper who believes the castle is inhabited by a
legendary "executioner" who was put to death 300 years before.
A housemaid and the butler are murdered, and Mary becomes fearful
that her husband, assisted by Erich, is responsible for the heinous
crimes. Max begs her to have faith in him and arranges for her
to leave the castle until the mystery is solved.
Before she can depart, however, more
murders are committed, and Mary finds herself at the mercy of the
real homicidal maniac--Max's father, an ex-Nazi who became mad after
being tortured for making an attempt on Hitler's life. Selby,
Max, and Erich come to Mary's rescue as the castle is destroyed by
fire, and Max's crazed father dies in the flames.
The film is based on the novel The Virgin of Nuremberg by
Frank Bogart (publication undetermined).
It was released in Italy in 1964 as
La vergine de Norimberga, and re-released November 1966 as
Terror Castle. The running time was 70 minutes. The
film is also known as Horror Castle (Where the Blood Flows).
Gladiator Productions is the U.S. release name for Atlantica