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A photographer and his models go to an old, abandoned castle to shoot some sexy covers for horror novels. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is inhabited by a lunatic who believes himself to be the reincarnated spirit of a 17th-century executioner whose job it is to protect the castle against intruders. Written by
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On this fifth day of December in the year of our Lord sixteen hundred and forty-eight, by the power vested in us by our noble sovereign, this tribunal of Artena sentences you, the Crimson Executioner, to death. You will die by one of the very instruments you devised to torture and kill your innocent victims. You dared to take into your own hands the laws of both God and man. You set yourself up as both judge and executioner. You caused inhuman suffering, and took life not from any ...
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The most unhinged and hilariously crazed performance of a psycho in all exploitation cinema
Camp lovers the world over, I present you with "Bloody Pit of Horror". Few horror / exploitation films I've seen manage to be so ludicrous, over-the-top, and homoerotic. And as far as I'm concerned, thats a heavy recommendation. Sure, its not "Citizen Kane", but not everything is going to be. "Bloody Pit of Horror" is so outrageous that I doubt I'll ever forget it and certainly enjoy rewatching it on rainy days. Its also one of the most sadistic Italian horror flicks of the 60s (and thats saying a lot), but its so campy you really can't take it too seriously. The opening title card claims it to be based on the writings of Marquis de Sade, but I have a sneaking suspicion thats a marketing gag (even though I've never read de Sade).
What makes the film such a campy delight you may ask? Is it the abundance of near nude beautiful girls, bizarre (and surprisingly innovative) torture devices, or the garish colors? Well, those do, but what has placed this film in exploitation infamy above all is Mickey Hargitay. Best known as Mr. Jayne Mansfield, Hargitay wasn't exactly a Thespian on the level of Olivier or Laughton. While he lacked some qualities such as subtly, he went way over the top. In fact, I'd go so far as to say this is the most unhinged and hilariously crazed performance of a psycho in all exploitation cinema. "Bloody Pit of Horror" is worth watching simply for him. Check out the Special Edition DVD from the always reliable Something Weird. (6/10)
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