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Baron Blood (1972)
"Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  27 October 1972 (USA)
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A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, a sadistic Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch whom the Baron had... See full summary »

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Baron Otto von Kleist / Alfred Becker
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Eva Arnold
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Dr. Karl Hummel
Rada Rassimov ...
Christina Hoffmann
Antonio Cantafora ...
Peter Kleist
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A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, a sadistic Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch whom the Baron had burned at the stake. Peter reads aloud the incantation that causes Baron Blood to return and continue his murderous tortures. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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SPECIAL NOTICE: The management disclaims any responsibility for patrons who suffer (A) APOPLECTIC STROKES, (B) CEREBRAL HEMORRHAGES, (C), or (D) FAINTING SPELLS during the shockingly gruesome scenes in this film. See more »

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At first Vincent Price was approached to star in the production but Price declined. Then Ray Milland was considered, however Milland was unable to travel to the shoot. Finally veteran actor Joseph Cotton was suggested and to Bava's surprise Cotton accepted the role. See more »

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Several times it changes between day and night between shots. For example, Peter arrives in broad daylight when he rescues Eva from the Baron, but it is the middle of the night when he brings her to the dorm afterwards. See more »

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Pretty Good
26 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young man travels to Europe and visits the ancient castle of a rather notorious ancestor called Baron Blood, a man whose name is still not very popular in the surrounding villages. Seems the Baron was a bit of a sadist, just in case the "Baron Blood" title didn't give it away already. Our young hero, Peter, meets Elke Sommer, and instead of breaking into the castles dungeon in the middle of the night and having sex like any normal hot young couple in the early 70s,

these two brilliantly decide instead to perform a centuries old ritual designed to raise the dead. When will these people learn? The Baron rises, seen first as a Phantom-of-the-Opera type guy with a face like a spoiled casserole, and later as a wheelchair bound and Maybelline dependent Joseph Cotton.

This really isn't a bad little film. There's some great spooky lighting techniques, some even better funky music and some gorgeous shots of the European

countryside. The ancient, crumbling castle is a wonderful set and the death

scenes are quite gruesome, especially the one featuring an Iron Maiden-ish

casket and a guy who looks a LOT like the late great Peter Lorre. In a nice twist, there's even a centuries-dead witch who turns out to be the GOOD guy! (Or girl, as the case may be) The acting isn't that great, but it doesn't make this an unwatchable film by any means. The story seems loosely based on the life of

Vlad the Impaler, but still manages to be original and interesting. A nice feeling of dread permeates the entire film. One of Bava's best efforts.


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