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Bloody Pit of Horror (1965) More at IMDbPro »Il boia scarlatto (original title)

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28 November 1965 (Italy) See more »
He was a homicidal maniac who LIVED TO KILL! See more »
A photographer and his models go to an old, abandoned castle to shoot some sexy covers for horror novels... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

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)
Albert Gordon ... Raoul
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Kinojo (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Massimo Pupillo  (as Max Hunter)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Romano Migliorini  story, screenplay and adaptation (as Robert McLoren)
Roberto Natale  story, screenplay and adaptation (as Robert Christmas)

Produced by
Francesco Merli .... producer
Felix C. Ziffer .... executive producer
Ralph Zucker .... producer
Original Music by
Gino Peguri 
Cinematography by
Luciano Trasatti  (as John Collins)
Film Editing by
Mariano Arditi  (as Robert Ardis)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Massimo Castellani .... first assistant director
Special Effects by
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects makeup
Music Department
Gino Peguri .... conductor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il boia scarlatto" - Italy (original title)
"The Red Hangman" - USA (promotional title)
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87 min | USA:74 min (cut version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1967.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Raoul's supposedly dead body laying tied to the bed next to Rick, you can see him blink multiple times.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...
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Edited into Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987) (V)See more »


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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Marquis DeSade never had this much fun!, 11 February 2002
Author: Nozze-Foto from Philadelphia, PA

Jayne Mansfield and her husband, Hungarian bodybuilder Miklos "Mickey" Hargitay were in Italy to shoot PRIMITIVE LOVE when Mickey took time off (about a weekend, judging from the quality of the movie) to shoot this one based (allegedly) on the writings of the Marquis DeSade. I have read some of the Marquis' books and while they are full of sex, violence and politics they describe no one like The Crimson Executioner. Okay here we go. Some people arrive at a remote castle to shoot photos for the covers of pulp novels (they are popular in Europe to this day!). The owner of the castle lets them use his dungeon but suddenly up pops some guy in red tights and a Lone Ranger mask claiming to be the 300 year old Crimson Executioner and it is his duty to punish them for their immoral behavior. I know we are supposed to sympathize with the innocent victims but the models up to this point are depicted as so self centered and empty headed it is hard to feel sorry for them even as we watch them being tortured. Then again maybe it is because the ordeals are so unconvincing. I mean, the girl on the rack has her arms bent even as C.E. is turning the wheel; and somehow I doubt the mechanical spider device he dreams up was widely in use back in the 17th Century. One very effective moment has one man trying to drive for help only to be shot through the neck by an arrow. The car drives aimlessly in circles with his dead body at the wheel. Nothing else in the movie approaches that level of intensity. Walter Brandi is good as the hero. He was also in THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA and SLAUGHTER OF THE VAMPIRES. Femi Benussi, who seems to get the worst of the tortures (maybe because she is blonde) was also in TARZANA, THE WILD GIRL. Mickey Hargitay also played Hercules once and did a few other movies too. Arnold Schwarzenegger once said Mickey was one of his role models. Does that mean Arnold might remake this movie? Let's hope someone talks him out of it.

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