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Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)

Il boia scarlatto (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 28 November 1965 (Italy)
A photographer and his models go to an old, abandoned castle to shoot some sexy covers for horror novels. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is inhabited by a lunatic who believes himself to ... See full summary »

Director:

Massimo Pupillo (as Max Hunter)

Writers:

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

Cast overview:
Mickey Hargitay ... Travis Anderson
Walter Brandi 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)
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A photographer and his models go to an old, abandoned castle to shoot some sexy covers for horror novels. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is inhabited by a lunatic who believes himself to be the reincarnated spirit of a 17th-century executioner whose job it is to protect the castle against intruders. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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He was a homicidal maniac who LIVED TO KILL! See more »

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Country:

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

28 November 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1967. See more »

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

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[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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Mickey Hargitay's Shining, or should I say, well-oiled Moment
13 January 2004 | by Jenabel_Regina_del_MundoSee all my reviews

I can't recommend this piece of 1960's Italian Eurotrash highly enough! Mickey Hargitay has never been better than he is here, as the reclusive actor gone mad and possessed by the evil spirit of the Crimson Executioner. So, what's a guy to do, but oil his bare chest, don bright red tights (it looks like he has an armadillo down his trousers, no wonder all the girls are so scared of him!), a big shiny gold pendant, a black Zorro-type eye mask and a cute little red hood. Then he proceeds to sadistically torture and kill a group of young fashion models who have the misfortune of accepting his hospitality.

The torture chamber is vast, stylishly equipped, and just the sort of thing you wish you had down in your own basement. The gore is laughably lame and fake, but it's the sheer leering lasciviousness of this film that makes it such a turn-on. FX? Forget about that, and forget about plot too: this film's fuel is good IL' testosterone. That's why it doesn't have to make sense.

Mickey easily upstages all the other actors, chewing up the scenery with a conviction that's almost a bit spooky. But mostly his grandiose performance will evoke howls of laughter. His character is possibly the most verbose serial killer/psycho in film history. He gets to deliver some truly choice bits of camp dialog that will have you rolling on the floor laughing your ass off. If I had been one of his victims in the bloody pit of horror, I would've screamed "Will you PLEASE just SHUT UP about your perfect body and KILL ME, already?!!"

Deservedly considered a camp classic by straights and gays alike.

Hargitay made one other worthwhile foray into the Eurotrash genre, called "The Reincarnation of Isabel." Together these films would make an absolutely fabulous double bill. Both these flicks are real crowd pleasers and are sure to make your video party unforgettable. If you require a third Hargitay feast, add "Delirium" to see Mickey's foray into the giallo genre.

The opening credits inform us "Based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade." Very loosely.

I urge you to run right out and obtain your own copy of this masterpiece, to shamelessly wallow in over and over again.


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