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

PG  |   |  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
Umberto Raho ...
Inspector (as Humi Raho)
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Fritz (as Alan Collins)
Dieter Tressler ...
Mayor Dortmundt
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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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He sought the ultimate in HUMAN AGONY... with instruments of TORTURE ghastly beyond belief! 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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Eva's hairstyle markedly changes in a matter of minutes: from the dinner scene at Karl's house to just a few minutes later when she and Peter are inside the castle, her hair goes from a wavy perm to being nearly straight-combed. See more »

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Bava's Best
23 August 1999 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1972 film is the best film Mario Bava ever made if you ask me (and I like most of his films). I first saw it on TV when I was 10 years old and got lost in the parts about the witch but don't worry, those parts don't take up much of the film and it gets itself back on track quickly for a really great, cool climax that was truly ahead of it's time. Best of all, it is SCARY! Scenes of the heroine being hunted by the living dead Baron Von Kleist still make me nervous and I must've seen this film 20 times ( I own a VHS and a laserdisc copy of it if that shows how much I enjoy it). Joseph Cotton gives a really fine performance as Mr. Becker, the man who wishes to restore the Baron's castle, and the other main characters are likeable (important if you are to care whether or not they die). Bava is in top form here with some of the best horror film lighting ever done and builds suspense time and again. Don't watch it if you are going to be distracted because you do have to pay attention if you don't want to get lost but if you watch it closely, it's pretty easy to follow. Recent copies of the film are widescreen which is good, but have the original Italian score. The earlier pan and scan tapes are the American International Pictures version which contains a much scarier score by Les Baxter. The widescreen copy is supposedly uncut but I can't tell any difference other than the framing and the score. Either way though, it is a scary, fun horror masterpiece that I always enjoy watching again and again. If you've never seen it before, I dare you to watch it alone late at night.


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