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Castle: Scared to Death

When a young woman appears to have literally been scared to death three days after watching a "haunted" DVD, Castle and Beckett delve into one of their creepiest cases yet. To make matters worse, Castle becomes convinced that he too is marked for death when he accidentally watches the cursed video.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x17
Production Number: 517
Airdate: Monday March 18th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (alibi) Jul 10, 2013
AU (Seven) Aug 04, 2013

  • Currently 8.9/10
8.9/10 (11 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Wes Craven
As Himself

Guest Stars
Arye Gross
As Dr. Sidney Perlmutter
Brad William Henke
As Mark Heller
Romy Rosemont
As Nurse Lockhart
Bob Bancroft
As Brunwick Inn Manager
Jeffrey Nicholas-Brown
As Freddie Baker
Sean Whalen
As Leopold Malloy

Co-Guest Stars
Alison Trumbull
As Val Butler
Vivian Kerr
As Amanda Lowery
Christian Anderson (2)
As Nigel Malloy
Bill Parks
As Tommy
Main Cast
Nathan Fillion
As Richard Castle
Stana Katic
As Detective Kate Beckett
Jon Huertas
As Detective Javier Esposito
Seamus Dever
As Detective Kevin Ryan


The episode begins with a woman, who is frantically bolting her doors and windows. She calls 911, gives her address, and asks for help. While she is on the call, the clock strikes midnight and the lights go out. She says that something’s coming for her. The phone falls from her hand, and she is heard shrieking. Castle and Kate arrive at the scene. Castle notices the terrified expression on the victim’s face. He also notices books and other stuff in the apartment that indicates Val Butler, the victim, was interested in the occult. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerLaurie Zaks  |  Rob Bowman  |  David Amann  |  Andrew W. Marlowe  |  Armyan Bernstein
Co-Executive ProducerRob Hanning  |  David Grae
Supervising ProducerChristine Roum
ProducerD. Howard Grigsby  |  Terence Paul Winter  |  Marc A. Kahn  |  Elizabeth Beall
Co-ProducerJoan Van Horn  |  Jason Wilborn
Associate ProducerLisa Schomas
Production DesignerChris Farmer
EditorWarren Bowman
CastingKendra Castleberry  |  Donna Rosenstein
Unit Production ManagerJoan Van Horn
First Assistant DirectorBarry K. Thomas
Second Assistant DirectorBrian O'Kelley
MusicRobert Duncan (2)
Music EditorAmber Funk
Music SupervisorTricia Halloran
Costume DesignerLuke Reichle
Key GripTony Sepian
Camera OperatorStephen Collins (2)  |  Andrew Bikichky
Set DecoratorClaire Kaufman
Location ManagerGeorge Shockley
Transportation CoordinatorJon Tardino
Property MasterRobert Kyker
Construction CoordinatorVincent DeSantis
Production Sound MixerScott Harber
Script SupervisorTricia Ronten
Assistant EditorOrlando Machado Jr.
Post Production SupervisorAshley Glazier
Supervising Sound EditorJeremy J. Gordon
Re-Recording MixerKurt Kassulke  |  Adam Sawelson
Director of PhotographyBill Roe
Stunt CoordinatorDennis Madalone
Production SupervisorNancy Sprow
Art DirectorMichael Goldman (2)
Executive Story EditorShalisha Francis
Costume SupervisorJohnny Foam
Production AccountantSheryl Johnson
Chief Lighting TechnicianJono Kouzouyan
Department Head Make-upJune Brickman
Special Effects CoordinatorRobert Calvert (3)
Production StaffChris Corrado  |  Lalida Kitagawa  |  Kelly Boris  |  Adam Frost (2)  |  Erik Altstadt  |  Nicole Rodgers
Department Head HairstylistEdward Morrison
ThemeRobert Duncan (2)
Warning: Castle season 5 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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