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Scream of the Demon Lover (1970)

Il castello dalle porte di fuoco (original title)
A beautiful young woman travels to a remote estate to seek employment as a biochemist for Baron Janos Dalmar. She finds herself attracted to him, so immerses herself in her work to suppress... See full summary »


(as J.L. Merino)


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Credited cast:
Erna Schurer ...
Ivanna Rakowsky (as Jennifer Hartley)
Carlos Quiney ...
Janos Dalmar (as Charles Quinney) (as Jeffrey Chase)
Cristiana Galloni ...
Olga (as Christina Pathé)
Antonio Jiménez Escribano ...
The Butler (as Antonio Gimenez Escribano)
Mariano Vidal Molina ...
Enzo Fisichella ...
Ezio Sancrotti ...
Driver turning Raper
Giancarlo Fantini ...
the Doctor
Franco Moraldi ...
the Mayor
Renato Paracchi ...
the Police Writer (as Paracchi Renato)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Javier de Rivera ...
the Judge (as Javier Rivera)


A beautiful young woman travels to a remote estate to seek employment as a biochemist for Baron Janos Dalmar. She finds herself attracted to him, so immerses herself in her work to suppress her lusty desires. A rash of rather brutal murders occurs in the area and she soon discovers that the Baron is not what he seems. Not long thereafter, the Baron transforms into a demon, and the beautiful young woman becomes his very own love slave. Written by Fryingham

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8 October 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Scream of the Demon Lover  »

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A "bargain basement Bava"
9 September 2015 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

This is the second José Luis Merino film I've seen this week and comparing the two, SCREAM OF THE DEMON LOVER is much more sexual in nature than TERROR OF THE LIVING DEAD due, no doubt, to the Italians being involved. DEMON LOVER is also set in the nineteenth century and stars Erna Schürer as a kittenish chemist who's come to Baron Dalmar's medieval estate to assist him in trying to bring his dead brother back to life. The villagers warn her that the Baron is killing women and ripping them to shreds after consensual sex but she stays on anyway, even after being drugged nightly and put on a rack in the dungeon (?!).

Although it's nowhere near as atmospheric or entertaining, the movie owes something of a debt to Mario Bava's THE WHIP AND THE BODY and it's fascination with sadomasochistic mise-en-scène. The Baron and his hounds cut a dashing figure atop the grand staircase and sexy Schürer shows her globes a lot but she's outshone by the exquisite Agostina Belli, who also bares her boobs in the secondary role of a castle servant.

Erna Schürer was born Emma Costantino in Naples, Italy and modeled for "Vogue" and "Harper's Bazaar"before appearing in the popular "fumetti" foto-comic "Satanik" in the mid-60s. Placed under contract by movie producer Alberto Grimaldi, Erna spent most of the '70s cranking out "classics" like EROTIC CONFESSIONS FROM A WOMEN'S PRISON, YOUR HANDS ON MY BODY, STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER, MY PLEASURE IS YOUR PLEASURE, and DEPORTED WOMEN OF THE SS SPECIAL SECTION before more-or-less disappearing from the cinema scene. There's no birth or death dates given for Erna on IMDb and there's precious little about her on the worldwide web, either, for that matter. Today, Schürer's sure as sh!t a GILF somewhere (unless she's split the scene, if you know what I mean).

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