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The Whip and the Body (1963)
"La frusta e il corpo" (original title)

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In the 19th century, a sadistic nobleman terrorizes the members of his family. He is found dead, but his ghost soon returns to haunt the residents of his castle.

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Nevenka Menliff
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Kurt Menliff
Tony Kendall ...
Christian Menliff
Ida Galli ...
Katia (as Isli Oberon)
Harriet Medin ...
Giorgia (as Harriet White)
Gustavo De Nardo ...
Count Menliff (as Dean Ardow)
Jacques Herlin ...
Priest
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Losat (as Alan Collins)
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After the announcement of the servant Losat, the nobleman Kurt Menliff returns to the castle of his family at the seaside to congratulate his brother Christian Menliff for his marriage with his former lover Nevenka. Kurt feels the hatred and the fear of his father Count Menliff and the servant Giorgia, who blames him for seducing and killing her daughter, and indifference from his cousin Katia. On the next afternoon, the sadistic Kurt meets Nevenka riding a horse alone on the beach and whips the masochistic woman and makes love with her. Late night, Nevenka is missing and everybody is seeking her while Kurt is stabbed in the neck with the same dagger that Giorgia's daughter was murdered. On the next days, the members of the family suspects of each other while Nevenka is haunted by the ghost of Kurt. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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What is her terrifying secret?? Is she the victim of a madman???? Or a dead man? You must see "What?"! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Release Date:

10 December 1965 (USA)  »

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$66,500 (estimated)
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Kurt Menliff: [to Nevenka] You haven't changed, I see. You've always loved violence.
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Whip and the Body
1 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Whip and the Body, The (1963)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Christopher Lee plays a sadistic nobleman who returns home to terrorize his family after leaving home years earlier after forcing his girlfriend to commit suicide. Soon he is found dead with his throat slit and soon after he ghost begins to appear as more bodies start to pile up. All the praise thrown on director Bava is certainly needed because it's obvious he could take some mud and make it look wonderful but that doesn't mean all his films turn out great. I think the biggest flaw with this film is the rather weak story, which doesn't really contain any shocks and it's fairly simple to figure out what's going on so in the end, when the climax happens, there's no real shocks. Christopher Lee turns in a terrific performance, even though, for some reason, his voice is dubbed in the English language version. That fantastic look that Lee brings says all we need to know about his character. The supporting cast isn't as impressive but they fit their roles just fine. The cinematography is top notch and the use of lighting is also what makes this film stand apart from others in this era.


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