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Director:
Writers:
Jesús Franco (adaptation)
Enrico Colombo (adaptation)
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Release Date:
May 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Horror will hold you helpless!
Plot:
Christopher Lee plays the Lord Chief Justice of 17th century England who condemns women as witches to further his political and sexual needs. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Judge Jeffries

Maria Schell ... Mother Rosa

Leo Genn ... Lord Wessex
Hans Hass Jr. ... Harry Selton (as Hans Hass)

Maria Rohm ... Mary Gray
Margaret Lee ... Alicia Gray
Pietro Martellanza ... Barnaby (as Peter Martell)
Howard Vernon ... Jack Ketch
Milo Quesada ... Satchel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Werner Abrolat ... Inquisitor Matt (uncredited)
Giuliana Garavaglia ... (uncredited)
Diana Lorys ... Sally Gaunt (uncredited)
José Martínez Blanco ... Steven Truro (uncredited)
José María Prada ... Palafox (uncredited)
Vicente Roca ... Chief Prosecutor (uncredited)
John Thompson ... Jonathan Dickens (uncredited)
Serena Vergano ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as J. Frank Manera)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Enrico Colombo  adaptation (as E. Colombo)
Jesús Franco  adaptation
Michael Haller 
Harry Alan Towers  story (as Peter Welbeck)
Anthony Scott Veitch 

Produced by
Arturo Marcos .... producer
Harry Alan Towers .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Nicolai 
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Merino 
 
Film Editing by
Derek Parsons 
Gertrud Petermann (German version)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Taylor  (as George O. Brown)
 
Set Decoration by
Jack Taylor  (as George O'Brown)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alberto Chiarolla .... assistant director (as Alberto Chianella)
John Thompson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Joyce Oxley .... dubbing editor
 
Editorial Department
Rick Greenhead .... telecine colorist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il trono di fuoco" - Liechtenstein (original title)
"Night of the Blood Monster" - USA
"Throne of the Blood Monster" - USA
"Trial of the Witches" - USA
"Witch Killer of Broadmoor" - USA
"Witches' Trial" - USA
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Runtime:
Argentina:97 min | Spain:96 min | Sweden:94 min (banned version) | West Germany:82 min | USA:84 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Australia:R (DVD rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | New Zealand:R18 | Sweden:15 (Banned) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:18 (nf)

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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: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.See more »
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Let the business of the court commence!, 20 August 2005
Author: mido505 from Richmond, VA

O.K., it's no Witchfinder General (but then again, what is?), but Jess Franco's The Bloody Judge is a well-written, well-acted, well-made historical-horror hybrid in the tradition of it's obvious model, Rowland V. Lee's The Tower of London. Franco stalwart Howard Vernon delivers a delicious homage to Karloff's Mord the Executioner from that film, and Christopher Lee is excellent, if somewhat insecurely emphatic and earnest, as the cruel, narrow, and hypocritical Judge Jeffries. The score, by Bruno Nicolai, is majestic and memorable, and the film as a whole is vividly entertaining. Having seen this film over 25 years ago, on television, heavily edited, under the title Night of the Blood Monster, I was amazed at how much of it had lain dormant in my memory, ready to be jostled into consciousness. Whole scenes played out in my mind as I re-watched them on my wide screen TV.

There are a few people, including the otherwise estimable Glenn Erickson, of the hugely insightful and informative DVD Savant site, who have claimed, based on the evidence of this film, that Jess Franco could not have "directed" the legendary Battle of Shrewsbury in Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight. First, lets get a few facts straight. It is well documented that Franco shot the second unit on Chimes at Midnight, which included much of the battle scene. This means that Franco shot a lot of coverage of the battle, working from a general outline given by Welles. Later, Welles took the miles of footage into the editing room and, many months later, emerged with the shattering sequence that appears in his picture. Franco, obviously, had nothing to do with this editing process, and, as far as I can tell, has never claimed otherwise. To compare the battle scene in The Bloody Judge with Welles' magnificent achievement is grotesquely unfair, as I am sure that Franco was allowed minutes rather than months to assemble The Bloody Judge for exhibition. Given the strictures under which he was working, Franco, his cast, and his collaborators should be commended for having produced a film with such a high level of professionalism. Welles, that most populist of auteurs, who once stated that he would rather watch paint dry than sit through an Antonioni film, and who responded to energy, verve, iconoclasm, and enthusiasm, had seen and appreciated those qualities an early Franco effort, which eventually led to the offer to work on Chimes. If Franco was good enough for Welles, he should be good enough for us. The two are closer than you think...

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