Synopsis by Robert Firsching
This good-looking but tedious costume horror piece was co-produced by the Roger Corman stable and their Russian cohorts at Mosfilm. In Napoleonic France, Baron Jean Octavie (Lev Prigunov) is drawn and quartered for writing a symphony in celebration of Satan to gain eternal life. A while later, his beautiful niece Gabrielle (Jennifer Burns) moves into Chateau Cauchemars and finds her uncle's unfinished symphony hidden in a piano. With the help of a housekeeper (Beverly Garland) who turns out to be the Baron's widow, Burns finds a choirmaster (Ben Cross) to finish the symphony. They fall in love and he kills Burns' fiancee in a duel, but it's all a plot by Garland to bring the Baron back from the grave and take over the young lovers' bodies. Or so Garland thinks, because (as all bad-movie buffs know) those who deal with the Devil are corrupt by nature. Overall, this is quite a handsome piece, well photographed by Yivgeny Korzhenkov, but it seems to go on forever with no real payoff. Those who have the patience to make it through this yawnfest will get to see some really silly zombie makeup on the burning Baron as he pounds away on a flaming piano. Otherwise, it's for occult completists only.
choirmaster, deal-with-the-devil, duel, execution, fiancee, housekeeper, love, niece, royalty, Satanism, symphony, widow/widower