5.2/10
711
20 user 32 critic

The Bloody Judge (1970)

Il trono di fuoco (original title)
PG | | Biography, Horror | May 1972 (USA)
Christopher Lee plays the Lord Chief Justice of 17th century England who condemns women as witches to further his political and sexual needs.

Director:

(as J. Frank Manera)

Writers:

(adaptation) (as E. Colombo), (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Count Dracula (1970)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jess Franco's version of the Bram Stoker classic has Count Dracula as an old man who grows younger whenever he dines on the blood of young maidens.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski
Venus in Furs (1969)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists responsible for her death.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: James Darren, Barbara McNair, Maria Rohm
Eugenie (1970)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An innocent girl goes to spend the weekend on an island with a woman and her brother, but soon she finds herself entangled in a web of dream-like sexual experiments.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Maria Rohm, Marie Liljedahl, Jack Taylor
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Woman seeks to avenge her father's death by using a local dancer, with long poisonous fingernails, to do her bidding.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Estella Blain, Mabel Karr, Howard Vernon
Certificate: M Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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 »

Director: Harald Reinl
Stars: Lex Barker, Karin Dor, Christopher Lee
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Dr. Orlof, a former prison doctor, abducts beautiful women from nightclubs and tries to use their skin to repair his daughter's fire-scarred face. He is assisted by Morpho, a deformed ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Conrado San Martín, Diana Lorys, Howard Vernon
Certificate: M Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Fu Manchu inoculates ten women with poison, to kill ten world leaders.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Christopher Lee, Richard Greene, Howard Marion-Crawford
Madhouse (1974)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A horror movie star returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will.

Director: Jim Clark
Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry
Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A mineral is discovered which can turn metal to gold or humans into zombies. When the mineral is stolen, secret agents are sent in to get the mineral back!

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Fred Williams, Soledad Miranda, Horst Tappert
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two wealthy aristocrats lure a virginal girl to a Spanish island for a night of sex, death and cannibalism.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Alice Arno, Robert Woods, Howard Vernon
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A girl arrives from London to visit her estranged relatives in a remote castle for the reading of her father's will. After a while she discovers that they are all in fact dead and her ... See full summary »

Directors: Jesús Franco, Jean Rollin, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Christina von Blanc, Britt Nichols, Rosa Palomar
Certificate: GP Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK.

Director: Peter Duffell
Stars: John Bryans, John Bennett, Christopher Lee
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Hans Hass Jr. ...
Harry Selton (as Hans Hass)
...
Mary Gray
Margaret Lee ...
Alicia Gray
Pietro Martellanza ...
Barnaby (as Peter Martell)
Howard Vernon ...
Jack Ketch
Milo Quesada ...
Satchel
Edit

Storyline

Christopher Lee plays the Lord Chief Justice of 17th century England who condemns women as witches to further his political and sexual needs.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Horror will hold you helpless!

Genres:

Biography | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

Release Date:

May 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night of the Blood Monster  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(banned)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Lord George Jeffreys: Take this bitch away, she that she goes to London in chains.
See more »

Connections

Version of Le scomunicate di San Valentino (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Disappointingly tame Franco historical drama.
5 March 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

One thing I must say about 'The Bloody Judge' is that despite the title, being directed by Jess Franco, the witchcraft theme, and the presence of the legendary Christopher Lee and Howard Vernon in the cast, this is NOT a horror movie. It is a historical drama. A little bit of gore and torture, but most certainly not the Bava-esque chiller you might expect. This is Franco on a larger budget than usual, but also to my mind a compromised Franco. The print I watched (the English version) featured no nudity and very little gore. Lee was excellent as usual in the title role, playing the power crazy witchfinder Judge Jeffreys, but without the usual Franco sleaze the story failed to hold my attention throughout. If you haven't seen any of the director's work this might be a good jumping on point, but afficionados of the erotic and surreal 'Vampyros Lesbos' or 'Succubus' might find this one a bit of a snooze.


7 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A colossal waste starshower776
Jess Franco must die. devtrev27
Discuss The Bloody Judge (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?