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La campana del infierno
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Writers:
Santiago Moncada (story)
Santiago Moncada (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 October 1973 (Spain) See more »
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Plot:
A young man is released from an asylum and returns home for revenge on his aunt and her three daughters... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
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This is the kind of movie that sticks with you: it has incest, mystery, a bee swarm, twisted family revenge, good-looking actors and cool cinematography... See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Renaud Verley ... Juan (John in English version)

Viveca Lindfors ... Marta
Alfredo Mayo ... Don Pedro
Maribel Martín ... 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 ... Dr. Junqueiro
Susana Latour ... Juan's mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Layton

Directed by
Claudio Guerín 
Juan Antonio Bardem (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Santiago Moncada (story)

Santiago Moncada (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Ausnit .... associate producer
Claudio Guerín .... producer
 
Original Music by
Adolfo Waitzman 
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Rojas 
 
Film Editing by
Magdalena Pulido 
 
Production Design by
Eduardo Torre de la Fuente 
 
Set Decoration by
Eduardo Torre de la Fuente 
 
Costume Design by
Maiki Marín  (as Maiqui Marín)
 
Makeup Department
Vicenta Palmero .... hair stylist
Julián Ruiz .... key makeup artist
Antonio Segovia .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ricardo Bonilla .... unit production manager
Luis Laso .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sinesio Isla .... assistant director
Miguel Suárez .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Juan de la Flor .... property master
Horacio Rodríguez .... assistant set decorator
 
Sound Department
Luis Castro .... sound effects
Tomás del Barrio .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
José Luis Aguilar .... second assistant camera
Julio Leyva .... assistant camera (as Julio Martín Leyva)
Simón López .... still photographer
Domingo Solano .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
María Teresa Iglesias .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
José María Biurrún .... second assistant editor
María Teresa Mateos .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Demetrio Bravo .... second production assistant
Isabel Ruiz Capillas .... shooting secretary (as Maribel Ruiz Capillas)
Luis Vázquez .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La campana del infierno" - Spain (original title)
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Runtime:
Spain:106 min | USA:93 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
This is the kind of movie that sticks with you: it has incest, mystery, a bee swarm, twisted family revenge, good-looking actors and cool cinematography..., 6 December 1999
Author: hellotzp (hellotzp@excite.com) from san francisco

Back before cable killed late night television horror on local broadcast channels (its all infomercials now), this movie ran a few times on a Southern-California station. It has been some time since I've seen it, but this is the kind of movie that sticks with you: it has incest, mystery, a bee swarm, twisted family revenge, good-looking actors and cool cinematography in an intriguing mix of religious imagery, repressed sexuality and seventies rock'n'roll glamour. The story revolves around a young man's vengeful return home, and a parallel plot following the arrival of a new bell for the town's church tower. The result is a surreal, gothic, darkly humorous horror film - made during Franco's reign, no less! (The first time I saw an Almodover film - "Dark Habits" - I thought of "A Bell From Hell".) This film is also vaguely reminiscent of "High Plains Drifter": lone figure rides into town - this time on a motorcycle - and mayhem ensues in the reckoning. Morricone's influence might be why, at times, the gothic style seems to break wide open into heat and sunlight; think too, of Jagger, Richards, Brian Jones in Morrocco... And there's a big debt to the Hammer Studios style of horror, in that most of the terror is psychological (there is some interesting violence, but I don't remember any full-throttle gore) and the plot relies on a creepy, pervasive atmosphere of threat and sexuality to build the suspense. It would be great to see this re-released on video!

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