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The Bloody Judge -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Jesús Franco (adaptation)
Enrico Colombo (adaptation)
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Release Date:
May 1972 (USA) See more »
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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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1685. This is the time of plot and counter plot, of Witchcraft. See more (18 total) »

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)

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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Australia:R (DVD rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:12 | 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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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
1685. This is the time of plot and counter plot, of Witchcraft., 17 October 2013
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Il trono di fuoco (AKA: The Bloody Judge) is directed by Jesus Franco and written by Anthony Scott Veitch and Peter Welbeck. It stars Christopher Lee, Maria Schell, Leo Genn, Hans Hass Jr., Maria Rohm and Margaret Lee. Music is by Bruno Nicolai and cinematography by Manuel Merino.

Based on the real life Judge Jeffreys, the so called Hanging Judge who presided over what became known as The Bloody Assizes in Winchester 1685.

Spaghetti horror with plenty of blood but nothing else. Christopher Lee was known to say this performance as the cruel Judge Jeffries was one of his best, you have to think he was bluffing by way of trying to be on the same planet as Vincent Price's turn as Matthew Hopkins in Witchfinder General two years earlier. Not that Lee is bad, far from it, he's the reason to watch this, it's just that he is planted in the picture for a number of scenes and everything else is spliced around him in hap-hazard fashion; and that's the uncut version as well!

Ponderously paced and done on the cheap, it also comes off as tacky exploitation, where sex and glimpses of flesh serve for titillation, while exposition rules the day. It's a real hack job, aimlessly directed even. A battle scene stands out, but is at odds with the film, the costuming is smart, the set design equally so, and the colour photography decent. Yet the over riding sense of boredom and amateurism strips the film of any real entertainment factor. Apart from Chris of course, but even then we don't really get a great deal of him! 3/10

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