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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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Release Date:

May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

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

Lord George Jeffreys: You are all condemned, for crimes against king and kingdom, to hang... to dangle until you are but dead, to be then cut down still alive, to have your entrails drawn out and thrust into your own mouths, to be further hanged, then quartered like the carcasses of beef you are. You number five hundred, but even if you were five thousand, the execution of this sentence would be just before God Almighty... and may He have mercy upon your souls.
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Disappointingly tame Franco historical drama.
5 March 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

One thing I must say about 'The Bloody Judge' is that despite the title, being directed by Jess Franco, the witchcraft theme, and the presence of the legendary Christopher Lee and Howard Vernon in the cast, this is NOT a horror movie. It is a historical drama. A little bit of gore and torture, but most certainly not the Bava-esque chiller you might expect. This is Franco on a larger budget than usual, but also to my mind a compromised Franco. The print I watched (the English version) featured no nudity and very little gore. Lee was excellent as usual in the title role, playing the power crazy witchfinder Judge Jeffreys, but without the usual Franco sleaze the story failed to hold my attention throughout. If you haven't seen any of the director's work this might be a good jumping on point, but afficionados of the erotic and surreal 'Vampyros Lesbos' or 'Succubus' might find this one a bit of a snooze.


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