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The Bloody Judge (1970)

Il trono di fuoco (original title)
PG | | Biography, Horror | May 1972 (USA)
Sir Christopher Lee plays the Lord Chief Justice of seventeenth century England who condemns women as witches to further his political and sexual needs.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as J. Frank Manera)

Writers:

Enrico Colombo (adaptation) (as E. Colombo), Jesús Franco (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Judge Jeffries
Maria Schell ... Mother Rosa
Leo Genn ... Lord Wessex
Hans Hass Jr. Hans Hass Jr. ... Harry Selton (as Hans Hass)
Maria Rohm ... Mary Gray
Margaret Lee ... Alicia Gray
Pietro Martellanza Pietro Martellanza ... Barnaby (as Peter Martell)
Howard Vernon ... Jack Ketch
Milo Quesada ... Satchel
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Sir Christopher Lee plays the Lord Chief Justice of seventeenth century England who condemns women as witches to further his political and sexual needs.

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Horror will hold you helpless!

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Biography | Horror

Certificate:

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May 1972 (USA) See more »

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Throne of the Blood Monster See more »

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Runtime:

(banned)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Dennis Price was originally cast as Lord Wessex, but withdrew at the last moment (he was replaced by Leo Genn). Some posters and advertising material from the time credit Price as appearing in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Satchel: Don't play hoity-toity with me, draggle-tail, or I'll knock the spit out of you.
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Version of Mother Joan of the Angels (1961) See more »

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they were lying inder the oath
29 December 2005 | by memmoriSee all my reviews

This film is an unique thing. Being possibly the best of B-category Franco's movies, this one is very hard to find in Russia. And I guess only Franco's true fans and the lovers of the costume movies (like me)really have any reason to search for it.

Nevertheless, this film could be worse if not Christopher Lee. The man destined to play fantastic villains all his life now was playing a real historic villain (was the real Judge Jeffreys a villain? I think not but Jess Franco used another version). But Lee was ready to play in a HISTORIC movie, and instead of it he was to perform a horror show. Although his performance in this role was a very good one, he was disappointed and detested and told later he doesn't want any credits for this film.

There are some very rough mistakes (or special changes) in the movie: 1) The date is missed. The year 1685 was the real time of Monmouth rebellion, but the events destroying James II' and Jeffreys' power, has happened only 4 years later, in 1688-89, and called "Glorious Revolution". 2) Sir George Jeffreys really has died in the Tower of London - but of stone, not of a heart-attack as it's shown. 3) Jeffreys, how good or bad he was, has never been neither womanizer nor witch-hunter. Moreover he did all he could to prevent death sentences to alleged witches. And there was nothing to suggest that he had a mistress or used the arrested women for his lust. It is nothing but a profanation. 4) There were NO witch hunt in later 1680's in England. Even the few who was charged were mostly acquitted. The horrible things shown in film as Ketch's work were used normally in Scotland, not England.


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