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Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel
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Manfred R. Köhler (screenplay)
Edgar Allan Poe (story)
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Release Date:
21 May 1969 (USA) See more »
UNBELIEVABLE! Until You See It With Your Own Eyes! See more »
In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lex Barker ... Roger Mont Elise / Roger von Marienberg

Karin Dor ... Baroness Lilian von Brabant

Christopher Lee ... Count Frederic Regula / Graf von Andomai
Carl Lange ... Anatol

Christiane Rücker ... Babette
Vladimir Medar ... Pater Fabian
Dieter Eppler ... Coachman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Klaus W. Krause ... Pater Fabian (voice) (uncredited)
Horst Naumann ... Roger Mont Elise / Roger von Marienberg (voice) (uncredited)
Bruno W. Pantel ... Moritatensänger (voice) (uncredited)
Herbert Weicker ... Count Frederic Regula - Graf von Andomai (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Harald Reinl 
Writing credits
Manfred R. Köhler (screenplay)

Edgar Allan Poe (story "The Pit and the Pendulum")

Produced by
Erwin Gitt .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter Thomas 
Cinematography by
Ernst W. Kalinke 
Dieter Liphardt 
Film Editing by
Hermann Haller 
Art Direction by
Gabriel Pellon 
Rolf Zehetbauer 
Set Decoration by
Gabriel Pellon 
Costume Design by
Irms Pauli 
Makeup Department
Gerda Bublitz .... makeup artist
Erich L. Schunckel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Werner Drake .... unit manager
Erwin Gitt .... production supervisor
Robert Göb .... assistant unit manager
Wolfgang Kühnlenz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Wakefield .... assistant director
Art Department
Werner Achmann .... set builder
Georg Attlfellner .... property master: outdoor
Erich Kogler .... property master: indoor
Sound Department
Hans Joachim Richter .... sound
Special Effects by
Erwin Lange .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Theo Nischwitz .... optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Kurt Bruckner .... assistant camera
Li Erben .... still photographer
Joachim Gitt .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anton Dissertori .... wardrobe
Anni Graf .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jutta Neumann .... assistant editor
Mia Pleines .... assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Thomas .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Emmy Drake .... continuity
Dörte Gentz .... production secretary
Alma Pewny .... production accountant

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Also Known As:
"Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel" - West Germany (original title)
"Blood of the Virgins" - Canada (English title) (new title), USA (reissue title)
"The Blood Demon" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), USA
"Torture Chamber" - USA (DVD title)
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80 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

German Import DVD has two Super-8 Versions (German language only), as special features on the disc.See more »
Count Frederic Regula:The blood is the life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Stephen King's World of Horror (1986) (TV)See more »


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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Wow, where did this come from?, 12 December 2003
Author: Gafke from United States

What a cool-o little flick this is! Christopher Lee is Count Regula (say that name real fast and see what it sounds like) who, at films beginning, has a spiked mask nailed to his face and is then drawn and quartered in a public square for the torture/murders of 12 virgins. 35 years later, the daughter of the woman who turned him in and the son of the man who sentenced him, are brought to an eerie castle in the deep dark woods.

There's a GREAT spooky carriage ride through the creepiest forest in the world, where dead-pale bodies hang from the branches. The castle looks pretty convincing; drippy stone walls lined with human skulls and draped with cobwebs, its corridors choked with vultures. There are pits filled with poisonous snakes and hairy spiders, skeletons everywhere. A pretty blond maid is nearly impaled on a board full of spikes and The Pit and The Pendulum is re-enacted, with all of the sweaty tension of the original tale. Christopher Lee looks wonderfully terrible - a shambling, blueish corpse with a nail-hole scarred face, absolutely void of emotion as he plots his revenge against our beautiful couple. There's a lot of tension here, lots of icky-yucky moments and a genuinely creepy atmosphere that seeps into every single frame. There's also a rare, non-saccharine and totally satisfying happy ending. Don't miss this one, it's really great!

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