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Challenge the Devil

aka Katarsis; Sfida al diavolo

  • Year:1963
  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Genre: Fantasy, Horror
  • Director: Giuseppe Veggezzi
  • Length: 79 min
  • IMDb rating: Challenge the Devil (1963) on IMDb
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Similarly to the earlier examples of Italian Gothic Horror, Katarsis was set in contemporary Italy, with weird results. ...The protagonists spend a seemingly endless amount of time wandering through dark rooms that lead nowhere, endless spiral staircases and even a maze of transparent glasses that recall amusement park labyrinths. It is just a way to pad a thin story to an acceptable running time, yet it does reveal a way of conceiving the Fantastic not as a source of shock but as a limbo where time and space blur, and in which one can float indefinitely: anxiety and fear come from the loss of spacial coordinates and the discovery (always inconclusive) of new ones replacing the previous.

Roberto Curti, Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957-1969 (McFarland, 2015)

Though it often looks and feels like a student film, Katarsis has loads of atmosphere...

Jonathan Rigby, Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History (Reynolds & Hearn, 2001)

Selected disc options for Challenge the Devil

Extras
Severin box art
Severin BD-ALL/US 2021
Horror !!! - Vintage Documentary with Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Roger Corman and Roy Ashton (1964, 16:29) has extra
“Cinescope: Christopher Lee” - Vintage TV Interview with Actor Christopher Lee (1976, 54:38) has extra
David Del Valle Interviews Christopher Lee (2021/1985, 27:16) has extra
Dance with the Devil - With Film Historian Roberto Curti (35:33) has extra
The Importance of Being Giorgio - Interview Segments with Actor Giorgio Ardisson (16:21, 2009, 2014) has extra
Interview Outtakes with Actor Christopher Lee (2001, 19:16) has extra
The Man Behind the Mask: Christopher Lee Remembers Boris Karloff (1991, 35:05) has extra
Monsters & Vampires: The Film Books of Alan Frank - Interview with Author Alan Frank (18:11) has extra
Q&A with Actor Christopher Lee at University College Dublin (2011, 18:19) has extra
Vintage Interview with Actor Christopher Lee (1975, 16:23) has extra
“O Sole Mio / It’s Now or Never” Music Video - With Actor Christopher Lee and Singer Gary Curtis; With Optional Commentary by Gary Curtis (3:52) has extra
“She’ll Fall For Me” Music Video - With Actor Christopher Lee and Singer Gary Curtis; With Optional Commentary by Gary Curtis (4:31) has extra
Theatrical Trailer (3:10) has extra

Notes

Ultimate Edition

Combine the best digital presentation with a selection of choice extras for the ultimate edition.

  • Horror !!! (1964, 16:29)
  • “Cinescope: Christopher Lee” (1976, 54:38)
  • David Del Valle Interviews Christopher Lee (2021/1985, 27:16)
  • Dance with the Devil (35:33)
  • The Importance of Being Giorgio (16:21, 2009, 2014)
  • Interview Outtakes with Actor Christopher Lee (2001, 19:16)
  • The Man Behind the Mask: Christopher Lee Remembers Boris Karloff (1991, 35:05)
  • Monsters & Vampires: The Film Books of Alan Frank (18:11)
  • Q&A with Actor Christopher Lee at University College Dublin (2011, 18:19)
  • Vintage Interview with Actor Christopher Lee (1975, 16:23)
Presentation Severin BD 2021
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p23.976
      • Overall bit rate: 35.00 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
      • Length:1:18:57.858
      • File size: 21.07 GiB
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: Italian DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1796 kbps
      • Bit depth: 24-bit
  • Subtitles
    • English
Extras Horror !!! - Vintage Documentary with Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Roger Corman and Roy Ashton (1964, 16:29, 1080p) Severin BD
“Cinescope: Christopher Lee” - Vintage TV Interview with Actor Christopher Lee (1976, 54:38, 480p) Severin BD
David Del Valle Interviews Christopher Lee (2021/1985, 27:16, 1080p) Severin BD
Dance with the Devil - With Film Historian Roberto Curti (35:33, 1080p) Severin BD
The Importance of Being Giorgio - Interview Segments with Actor Giorgio Ardisson (16:21, 2009, 2014, 1080p) Severin BD
Interview Outtakes with Actor Christopher Lee (2001, 19:16, 1080p) Severin BD
The Man Behind the Mask: Christopher Lee Remembers Boris Karloff (1991, 35:05, 1080p) Severin BD
Monsters & Vampires: The Film Books of Alan Frank - Interview with Author Alan Frank (18:11, 1080p) Severin BD
Q&A with Actor Christopher Lee at University College Dublin (2011, 18:19) Severin BD
Vintage Interview with Actor Christopher Lee (1975, 16:23, 480p) Severin BD
“O Sole Mio / It’s Now or Never” Music Video - With Actor Christopher Lee and Singer Gary Curtis; With Optional Commentary by Gary Curtis (3:52, 1080p) Severin BD
“She’ll Fall For Me” Music Video - With Actor Christopher Lee and Singer Gary Curtis; With Optional Commentary by Gary Curtis (4:31, 1080p) Severin BD
Theatrical Trailer (3:10, 1080p) Severin BD