Directed by Mario Bava
Starring Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer, Antonio Cantafora, Massimo Girotti and Rada Rassimov.
Newly graduated Peter travels to Vienna to explore his Austrian heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, the murderous Baron Otto von Kleist. While playfully flirting with a new acquaintance, Peter reads aloud an incantation causing the Baron - and the killing - to return...
Often credited with instigating the modern Italian Giallo movement, especially films belonging to that sub-genre that have a heavy supernatural element, Bava's best known work (Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, The Evil Eye) hails from the heady gothic horror of the 1960's. Later work, such as Baron Blood, has often been overlooked.
This is something of a shame, as it contains plenty to recommend it to fans of European Horror, particularly those that are keen to make the
Italian director Mario Bava was responsible for some truly great horror movies of the 60s and 70s, including The Mask of Satan, Black Sabbath, Blood and Black Lace, Lisa and the Devil and proto-slasher A Bay of Blood. However some, whilst a success at the time, haven’t aged quite so well… like Baron Blood.
The film is yet another gothic horror from Bava that, like Black Sunday before it, features a witch’s curse – this time placed on Baron Otto von Kleist, Austria’s legendarily murderous ‘Baron Blood’, whose corpse is inadvertently revived when an ancient incantation is read out as a joke by a descendant and his girlfriend. Naturally, the Baron decides to carry on where he originally left off, with the help of an
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Directed By: Lamberto Bava
Written By: Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Franco Ferrini, Dardano Sacchetti
Starring: David Edwin Knight (George), Nancy Brilli (Hannah), Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni (Sally Day), Bobby Rhodes (Hank), Asia Argento (Ingrid Haller), Virginia Bryant (Mary the Prostitute), Anita Bartolucci (Woman with Dog), Antonio Cantafora (Ingrid’s Father), Luisa Passega (Helga), Davide Marotta (Demon Tommy), Marco Vivio (Tommy), Michele Mirabella (Hooker’s Client), Lorenzo Gioielli (Jake), Lino Salemme (Security Guard), Maria Chiara Sasso (Ulla)
If you feel Demons (1985) was a good movie, you will certainly be entertained by its sequel. “Demons 2” is just as over the top as the original with plenty of gore and thrills. Lamberto Bava does a good job carrying a similar plot over from the first film in a slightly different setting for this one. Argento and Bava make a good film duo
Taken by his Uncle Karl (Massimo Girotto) to the castle which belonged to ancestor Baron Otto von Kleist, Peter there meets Eva Arnold (Eike Sommer), an architect charged with restoring the building for use as a luxury hotel. But Old Otto had some faults back in the day. The nefarious nobleman's
Legendary director Mario Bava's 1972 gothic chiller about a 300-year-old sadist is not as scary as Black Sunday or as graphic as Twitch Of The Death Nerve. Instead, Bava’s Baron Blood relies on rich colors and spooky castle sets to grab the viewer's attention. (That, and also placing heroine Elke Sommer in mini-skirts whenever possible.)
The plot involves Peter Kleist (Antonio Cantafora) a descendant of the evil Baron Otto Von Kleist returning to Austria to seek his heritage. He finds a group of architects renovating the Baron's castle into a hotel. Among them is Ms. Sommer who he immediately flips over.
He somehow convinces her it would be great fun to resurrect the Baron using a parchment with scary sounding words Peter happens to have with him. They were written by a witch who cursed the Baron for eternity.
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