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Bell from Hell (1973)

La campana del infierno (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 1 October 1973 (Spain)
A young man is released from an asylum and returns home for revenge on his aunt and her three daughters, who had him declared insane in order to steal his inheritance.

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(as Claudio Guerin Hill), (uncredited)

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(story), (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Renaud Verley ...
Juan (John in English version)
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Marta
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Don Pedro
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Esther
Nuria Gimeno ...
Teresa
Christina von Blanc ...
María (as Christine Betzner)
Saturno Cerra ...
The Shepherd
Nicole Vesperini ...
Don Pedro's Wife
Erasmo Pascual ...
Priest
Antonio Puga ...
Don Pedro's Hunting Partner
Juan Cazalilla ...
Don Pedro's Hunting Partner
Tito García ...
Don Pedro's Hunting Partner
Rosetta Vellisca ...
The Shepherd's Daughter
Ángel Blanco ...
Slaughterhouse Clerk
Susana Latour ...
Juan's Mother
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Storyline

A young man is released from an asylum and returns home for revenge on his aunt and her three daughters, who had him declared insane in order to steal his inheritance. Written by Arthur Workman <arthur49@user1.channel1.com>

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Claudio Guerín Hill fell from the tower housing the title bell on the last day of shooting and was killed. The film was completed by Juan Antonio Bardem. See more »

Quotes

[Juan ties Esther's wrists and ankles]
Esther: [laughing] This is a new game!
Juan: In every tragedy, there is an innocent victim. In this case - you're it.
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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S10 Reviews: A Bell from Hell (1973)
15 July 2005 | by (The Void) – See all my reviews

John (Renaud Verley) was sent away to the asylum for his slightly off-center behavior by his Aunt Marta (Viveca Lindfors). His eccentricities come into the open after he is released from the asylum. John briefly took a slaughterhouse job (in a particular showing sequence) before he returns to his homestead to confront his Aunt about what he wishes to do with his inheritance that she now controls. But John's quirky behavior masks his interior and the horrors beneath. What pranks and punishment will John visit upon his family and the people around him? "A Bell from Hell" managed to slip out of Spain past General Franco's repressive regime. The familial and social commentary on display might have gotten the filmmakers in trouble. Oddly enough the director died after a fall from the bell tower on the last day of filming. It was never clear whether the fall was an accident, suicide or something more sinister. It certainly gives the film a rather shady reputation. "Bell" on its own bears a few similarities to Hitchcock's Psycho. The basic crux of the story surrounds a malleable family member being perverted and controlled by a senior family member. "Bell" is a very well acted and photographed piece that deserves to be noticed and fans well-made thrillers should seek out.


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