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THE LONG HAIR OF DEATH (1965) – Episode 110 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“Humboldt, you will pay for this with your life. I curse you, Humboldt! And I curse your descendants. I will hunt you to your grave!” No brag, just fact. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they hang out in an Italian castle with Barbara Steele and the gang in Antonio Margheriti’s The Long Hair of Death (1965).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 110 – The Long Hair of Death (1965)

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A woman under suspicion of witchcraft is burned alive. Her curse brings her back from the dead for revenge.


The Long Hair of Death, aka I lunghi capelli della morte (original title), is Daphne’s choice and the rest of the Classic Era Grue Crew are very pleased with it. The gothic atmosphere with a theme of women seeking revenge made it a fun movie for her.  Chad was looking forward to seeing Barbara Steele and was pleasantly surprised to find an engaging story and a new character he most loves to hate. Even Whitney thinks the title should be Everybody Hates Kurt. She also describes The Long Hair of Death as full of drama and questions and revenge amidst a beautiful, dark, and angry atmosphere. The atmosphere is amplified with an emotional score from Carlo Rustichelli (as Evirust), giving Jeff goosebumps during the finale.

Your Classic Era Grue Crew really enjoyed The Long Hair of Death and if you haven’t already seen it, they recommend that you make the effort to seek it out. It is currently available to stream on YouTube, Kanopy, and as PPV on Amazon Prime. There is also a Blu-ray disc from Raro Video which includes a better translation for the subtitles so be forewarned, the English dubbing and the subtitles do not match 100%.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.