11-05-2002, 06:13 PM
The prolific director of more than 50 features died yesterday near Rome of heart failure. Two of his most popular films, CASTLE OF BLOOD (1964) and CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE (1980) are now available in deluxe SE DVDs. CASTLE OF BLOOD borrows the Mario Bava-BLACK SUNDAY look and also features that film's star, Barbara Steele. Although not as talented as Bava or Riccardo Freda, Margheriti made many entertaining films during his long career. My favorite of his films include the colorful GAMMA ONE series of sci fi films (PLANET ON THE PROWL, etc) along with his gothic Spaghetti Westerns, VENGEANCE (1968) ...AND GOD SAID TO CAIN (1969). Not a great director, but sometimes a very good one.