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Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)
"Il boia scarlatto" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  28 November 1965 (Italy)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Mickey Hargitay ...
Travis Anderson
Walter Brandi ...
Rick (as Walter Brandt)
Ralph Zucker ...
Dermott - The photographer
Alfredo Rizzo ...
Daniel Parks (as Alfred Rice)
Nando Angelini ...
Perry (as Nick Angel C.S.C.)
Albert Gordon ...
Gino Turini ...
Anderson's Henchman #1 (as John Turner)
Roberto Messina ...
Anderson's Henchman #2 (as Robert Messenger)
Barbara Nelli ...
Suzy, the Cover Girl (as Barbara Nelly)
Moa Tahi ...
Kinojo, the Cover Girl
Rita Klein ...
Nancy, the Cover Girl
Femi Benussi ...
Annie, the Cover Girl (as Femi Martin)
Luisa Baratto ...
Edith (as Louise Barrett)


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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He was a homicidal maniac who LIVED TO KILL!




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Bloody Pit of Horror  »

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The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1967. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: 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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Classic midnight horror
15 June 2006 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

Models and photogs go to an 'abandoned' castle to take pictures for a bunch of book covers and find a man living there. He turns out to be the reincarnation of the Crimson Executioner...and an insane lunatic.

OK, it's hardly original, but it's still great.

The torture devices were imaginative even if the low budget betrayed the execution. (harhar)

Mickey Hargitay was never the best actor, but he was born for this role. And the ladies played the whole brain dead bimbo routine to perfection. (At least I hope they were playing.)

And I even liked the music. Creepy atmospheric stuff. I'm still trying to find a soundtrack. Really.

The last scene was a corker. Decent camera work too. See the DVD if you can, it's COMPLETELY uncut. It also has semi-related scenes from Mondo Cane II as an extra.

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