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The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967)

Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel (original title)
In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of ... See full summary »

Director:

Harald Reinl

Writers:

Manfred R. Köhler (screenplay), Edgar Allan Poe (story "The Pit and the Pendulum")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Roger Mont Elise / Roger von Marienberg
Karin Dor ... Baroness Lilian von Brabant
Christopher Lee ... Count Frederic Regula / Graf von Andomai
Carl Lange Carl Lange ... Anatol
Christiane Rücker ... Babette
Vladimir Medar Vladimir Medar ... Pater Fabian
Dieter Eppler Dieter Eppler ... Coachman
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Storyline

In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of his intended thirteenth victim and the son of his prosecutor in order to attain immortal life. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

21 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood of the Virgins See more »

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Production Co:

Constantin Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The wall paintings seen in the castle resemble works by Hieronymus Bosch. See more »

Quotes

Count Frederic Regula: The blood is the life.
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Featured in Movie Macabre: The Torture Chamber of Dr Sadism (1983) See more »

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A Corman Type Poe Flick meets Bava in Germany!
21 November 2000 | by sherlock-34See all my reviews

Recently viewed this little gem as "The Torture Chamber of Dr. sadism". Originally released in the US and UK as "The Blood Demon", while it's German title was "Die Schlangengrube und Das Pendel". An odd film that seemed to be a sort of German take on a mixture of Bava with one of Corman's AIP Poe efforts.

Count Regula (Christopher Lee) is drawn and quartered for the death of 12 maidens, but swears his revenge. 35 years later a disparate group ends up at the Counts ruined castle. The 4 travelers are Baroness Lillian (Karin Dor of Bond fame), her maid Babette, Roger (Lex Barker, former Tarzan and a huge star in Germany) and the monk Fabian (a hilarious turn from Vladimir Medar). As it turns out, Roger and the Baroness are the descendants of the folks that originally put the Count to death and he wants revenge. The crazed servant Anatol lures them to the castle and reanimates the Count. The Poe elements then come into play as Roger faces a deadly pendulum and Lillian is faced with a pit full of snakes. Do they foil the reanimated Count or meet their doom? Check this fun film out to see for yourself!

I expected this to be a really bad film, but was very surprised to find that I enjoyed it tremendously. Christopher Lee's performance is all menace, but with just a smattering of black humour to keep things moving. Lex Barker, more than a decade after playing Tarzan, looks great and is a perfect heroic figure. Karin Dor is lovely and does a fair bit of over the top shrieking, but still manages to give a convincing performance. This was a whole lot of fun! A bit of dark humour, Grimm's fairytale mixed with a Mario Bava sensibility and a little Poe thrown in for good measure makes for a superior European horror flick. Hopefully a nicer print will turn up or a DVD release, as the Magnum Entertainment video that I viewed was murky, faded and very badly edited.


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