Castle Sinister

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Castle Sinister
Directed by Widgey R. Newman
Written byWidgey R. Newman
Produced byWidgey R. Newman
Starring Haddon Mason
Eric Adeney
Wally Patch
Distributed byFilmophone
Release date
March 1932
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Castle Sinister was a 1932 British horror film produced, written and directed by Widgey R. Newman. Very little is known of either the film or the director, although available information suggests Newman to have been something of a maverick in the British film industry of the time. Castle Sinister is classed as a lost film. [1] [2]



The film was apparently set in a lonely mansion in Devon, and was marketed with the tagline "Mad doctor tries to put girl's brain into apeman's head!"

A brief synopsis in the cinema magazine The Bioscope (6 April 1932) offers a plot outline: "The story of a young man's adventures in a large country mansion with a scientist who is engaged in forwarding his theory that rejuvenation by the transfer of certain glands is more than a possibility. A girl is, of course, involved to supply the necessary love interest, and a misshapen creature, victim of the scientist, supplies the thrills." It also mentions "a constantly howling wind and a generous sprinkling of skulls and skeletons".


Survival status

Castle Sinister is now considered lost with nothing known to survive even in the way of production stills or promotional material. The film is considered of great interest by horror film historians as one of the first documented British horror films and a very early experiment in a genre for which the British film industry would become renowned between the 1950s and 1970s. Although the likelihood of the film being rediscovered would appear remote, in view of its perceived historical value it is included on the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" list of missing British feature films. [2]

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  1. Chibnall, Steve (2007). Quota Quickies: The Birth Of the British 'B' Film. BFI Publishing. p. 108. ISBN   978-1-844-57155-0.
  2. 1 2 "Castle Sinister / BFI Most Wanted". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2010.