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The Bloody Judge (1970)
"Il trono di fuoco" (original title)

 -  History | Horror  -  May 1972 (USA)
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Christopher Lee plays the Lord Chief Justice of 17th century England who condemns women as witches to further his political and sexual needs.

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Mother Rosa
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Lord Wessex
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Harry Selton (as Hans Hass)
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Mary Gray
Margaret Lee ...
Alicia Gray
Pietro Martellanza ...
Barnaby (as Peter Martell)
Howard Vernon ...
Jack Ketch
Milo Quesada ...
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Christopher Lee plays the Lord Chief Justice of 17th century England who condemns women as witches to further his political and sexual needs.

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Horror will hold you helpless!

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History | Horror

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May 1972 (USA)  »

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Night of the Blood Monster  »

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ESP 18,713,190 (Spain)
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Dennis Price was originally cast as Lord Wessex but withdrew at the last moment (he was replaced by Leo Genn). Some film posters and advertising material from the time credit Price as appearing in the movie. See more »

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Lord George Jeffreys: You are all condemned, for crimes against king and kingdom, to hang... to dangle until you are but dead, to be then cut down still alive, to have your entrails drawn out and thrust into your own mouths, to be further hanged, then quartered like the carcasses of beef you are. You number five hundred, but even if you were five thousand, the execution of this sentence would be just before God Almighty... and may He have mercy upon your souls.
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Some Franco and Lee Mix
5 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George Jeffreys (Christopher Lee) is the hanging judge under James II during the 1680s... he was a personally vengeful man.

This is apparently Jess Franco's answer to "Witchfinder General". Both this film and that one seem to focus on historical figures and then twisting them to have a witch/horror theme, with a lusty undertone. Witchfinder was based on an actual witchfinder... but I am not sure how much the real Judge Jeffreys dealt with witchcraft.

Anyway, always nice to see Christopher Lee in a sinister, menacing role. And with great power! I found his lecherous tendencies a bit disturbing -- not surprising for the character, but seemed to me to be beneath the classy presentation we normally see from Lee. (But certainly not beneath Franco!)


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