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The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)
"Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel" (original title)

M  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  21 May 1969 (USA)
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In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of ... See full summary »

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Roger Mont Elise / Roger von Marienberg
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Baroness Lilian von Brabant
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Count Frederic Regula / Graf von Andomai
Carl Lange ...
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Christiane Rücker ...
Babette
Vladimir Medar ...
Pater Fabian
Dieter Eppler ...
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In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of his intended thirteenth victim and the son of his prosecutor in order to attain immortal life. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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BEAUTIES! The Prey of a Monster's Desires! See more »

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Blood of the Virgins  »

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German Import DVD has two Super-8 Versions (German language only), as special features on the disc. See more »

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Count Frederic Regula: The blood is the life.
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Very entertaining and colorful European Gothic horror film
10 May 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Despite being a West German production, "The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism" easily stands up against many of the fine Italian Gothic horror films of the era. Its so good in fact its easy to mistake it as being one. Despite being admittedly not on the level of Mario Bava (than again, what is?), its a very entertaining and colorful little slice of grand guignol. The film finds a balance between camp and actual quality. Namely, this film drips with atmosphere. The cinematography is terrific, and there's plenty of colorful bits of borderline surrealism that seem to foreshadow Dario Argento and "The Evil Dead". The dialog is often laughable, and the plot is both unoriginal and often illogical. Still, the film is so enjoyable this hardly matters.

Many will watch this because it has the great Christopher Lee in it. He doesn't show up until the last third of the film, but when he does, hes terrific as always. His character (the "Dr. Sadism" of the title, despite having a different moniker in the film) is a great over-the-top villain. Along with the colorful set designs, his character really drives home the comic book nature of the film. The rest of the cast, including European horror standbys Lex Baxter and the gorgeous Karin Dor, are pretty dull, but with the great Lee on hand, they're easily overshadowed. "The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism" is one of the funnest horror movies I've seen in recent memory. (8/10)


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