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Italian Gothic classics collected in Severin’s “DANZA MACABRA–Volume One” Blu-ray set; details, art & trailer

Thursday, February 23, 2023 | Blu-ray/DVD, News


From cult favorites to a practically lost film, this collection runs the gamut.

Severin Films has announced its March 28 release of DANZA MACABRA–Volume One, a four-Blu-ray boxed set that gathers together four vintage Italian chillers: 1964’s THE MONSTER OF THE OPERA, director Renato Polselli and scripter Ernesto Gastaldi’s follow-up to the better-known THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA, in which a fiend stalks a theatrical troupe; 1965’s THE SEVENTH GRAVE, from director Garibaldi Serra Caracciolo, a heretofore barely seen mix of murder mystery, mad doctors, giallo-esque killings and more; 1970’s SCREAM OF THE DEMON LOVER (pictured above), writer/director José Luis Merino’s perverse variation on the old-dark-castle genre; and 1971’s LADY FRANKENSTEIN, co-produced by Roger Corman and directed by his regular actor Mel Welles (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), a twisted variation on the Mary Shelley standard.

All the films have been fully restored from the original negatives and will be presented in their original aspect ratios (1.66:1 on MONSTER and GRAVE, 1.85:1 on SCREAM and 1.78:1 on FRANKENSTEIN); MONSTER, GRAVE and FRANKENSTEIN were scanned in 2K and SCREAM was scanned in 4K. The copious special features are:


  • Audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author of Daughters of Darkness
  • Terror At The Opera: Interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Capodimonte Gothic: Interview with Italian film devotee Mark Thompson-Ashworth
  • Radio Polselli: Archival audio interview with director Renato Polselli
  • French trailer


  • Audio commentary by Rachael Nisbet, film critic and co-host of Fragments of Fear
  • Seven Graves and a Mystery: Interview with film historian Fabio Melelli
  • English Aesthetic With Giallo Blood: Video essay by Gothic scholar and author Rachel Knightly


  • Audio commentary by Rod Barnett, film historian and co-host of NaschyCast, ad Robert Monell, writer and editor of I’m in a Jess Franco State of Mind
  • Scream Erna Scream!: Interview with actress Erna Schurer
  • In the Castle of Blood: Video essay by Stephen Thrower, author of books on Jess Franco and Lucio Fulci
  • Trailer


  • Audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author of Daughters of Darkness, and Annie Rose Malamet, film scholar and host of Girls, Guts, Giallo
  • Audio commentary by Alan Jones, author of Dario Argento: The Man, The Myths & The Magic, and Kim Newman, author of Nightmare Movies
  • Meet The Baroness: Featurette with actress Rosalba Neri and film historian Fabio Melelli
  • Piecing Together LADY FRANKENSTEIN
  • The Lady And The Orgy: Documentary short on director Mel Welles
  • The Truth About LADY FRANKENSTEIN (2007): German TV documentary
  • Clothed insert shots
  • Video short illustrating BBFC censorship cuts
  • Italian opening credits
  • Bigfilm Magazine (1971): Italian LADY FRANKENSTEIN photo novel
  • Extensive image gallery
  • Home video gallery
  • Radio spots
  • TV spot
  • Trailers

Retail price is $99.95, but the set can be pre-ordered from the Severin Films website for $75.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).