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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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(as J. Frank Manera)

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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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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: Sometimes I ask myself whether the right to life or death was ever given to mere men, or if God Almighty did not Himself deliver unto me the responsibilities for that which we are doing. Yet when I am confronted again with the unholiness, the rebellion, the crimes and the sacrilege, I am reassured that we were not unjust in dealing the most atrocious punishment to these criminals.
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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.


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