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Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)

Il boia scarlatto (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 16 May 1967 (USA)
Writer Rick and his publisher Daniel Parks finally find the ideal location in Italy to shoot some photographs for Rick's Horror photo-novel when they come across an ideal spot. The ... See full summary »


Massimo Pupillo (as Max Hunter)


Romano Migliorini (story, screenplay and adaptation) (as Robert McLoren), Roberto Natale (story, screenplay and adaptation) (as Robert Christmas)




Cast overview:
Mickey Hargitay ... Travis Anderson
Walter Brandi ... Rick (as Walter Brandt)
Luisa Baratto ... Edith (as Louise Barrett)
Ralph Zucker Ralph Zucker ... Dermott - The photographer
Rita Klein Rita Klein ... Nancy
Alfredo Rizzo Alfredo Rizzo ... Daniel Parks (as Alfred Rice)
Barbara Nelli Barbara Nelli ... Suzy (as Barbara Nelly)
Moa Tahi Moa Tahi ... Kinojo
Femi Benussi ... Annie (as Femi Martin)
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Perry (as Nick Angel)
Albert Gordon Albert Gordon ... Raoul
Gino Turini Gino Turini ... Anderson's Henchman #1 (as John Turner)
Roberto Messina Roberto Messina ... Anderson's Henchman #2 (as Robert Messenger)


Writer Rick and his publisher Daniel Parks finally find the ideal location in Italy to shoot some photographs for Rick's Horror photo-novel when they come across an ideal spot. The seemingly deserted castle looks perfect from the outside, so Rick and Daniel, accompanied by his secretary Edith, their photographer Dermott, and his five young models decide to break in. They soon find the castle is actually occupied by former actor, Travis Anderson, who initially is annoyed with these visitors until he recognises Edith, his ex-fiancèe amongst them. He decides to give them permission to use his castle, but warns them that the dungeons are off limits. Will they heed his warning? Written by bcarruthers-76500

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The voice of Travis Anderson/TheCrimsonExecutioner is supplied by Anthony La Penna in the English language dub. See more »


When Raoul's supposedly dead body laying tied to the bed next to Rick, you can see him blink multiple times. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: On this fifth day of December in the year of our Lord sixteen hundred and forty-eight, by the power vested in us by our noble sovereign, this tribunal of Artena sentences you, the Crimson Executioner, to death. You will die by one of the very instruments you devised to torture and kill your innocent victims. You dared to take into your own hands the laws of both God and man. You set yourself up as both judge and executioner. You caused inhuman suffering, and took life not from any ...
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Filmed in PSYCHOVISION! See more »

Alternate Versions

The film has 2 main versions. The original Italian version, "Il Boia Scarlatto" ran 83 minutes. The full length version was released on VHS by Something Weird under the title "A Tale of Torture" (1993). See more »


References Black Sunday (1960) See more »

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Classic horror, not bad as it looks like!

This is definitely a MUST PURCHASE DVD for any die-hard euro-horror fan! This ridiculous and extremely entertaining 1965 Italian horror-romp stars Mickey Hargitay (Jayne Mansfield's husband) as "The Crimson Executioner". He struts around bare-chested wearing red tights and admiring his muscular body in the mirror as he rubs it all over with oil. When a film crew comes to his castle, he starts torturing and killing them off one by one, overacting all the way! Mickey is a true ham and jumps around the screen like a lunatic throughout. One great highlight is a room with a giant spiderweb and a hungry spider. And then, of course, there's the torture chamber. There's a rotating torture device that Mickey ties bikini-clad women up to and as it turns a sharp blade rips and tears at their skimpy brassieres and lightly scrapes their flesh! And with Mickey running around half-naked throughout in his red tights, were they also going for a gay audience? It's all quite tame by today's standards, but at the time, this must have been quite a sensation! It's a great sleaze-trash classic NOT TO BE MISSED! The DVD presents the film in it's U.S. 73-minute abbreviated version. 9 minutes were trimmed out of the complete version ("A Tale of Torture") by it's American distributor. The deleted scenes are included as a supplement (including the alternate title sequence), but it's too bad they didn't restore the footage back into the film. Something Weird offers the complete 83 minute version "A Tale of Torture" on VHS under the "Bloody Pit" title so you would have thought this would be the same print. BUT it's not... maybe because the print used here looks a lot better than the "Torture" print and it's fully letter boxed whereas the "Torture" print was only marginally letter boxed. Also, the movie has never looked better than this transfer...the colors are vibrant and sharp and the detail is quite good (although there is some minor artifact). So, having the deleted scenes as a supplement only was probably a good decision.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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