A young man, visiting the castle of a murderous ancestor in Austria, accidentally brings his dead relative back to life - searching for new victims.

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Mario Bava

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Willibald Eser (story), Mario Bava (story) | 5 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Joseph Cotten ... Baron Otto von Kleist / Alfred Becker
Elke Sommer ... Eva Arnold
Massimo Girotti ... Dr. Karl Hummel
Luciano Pigozzi ... Fritz (as Alan Collins)
Antonio Cantafora ... Peter Kleist
Umberto Raho ... Inspector (as Humi Raho on US prints)
Nicoletta Elmi ... Gretchen Hummel
Dieter Tressler ... Mayor Dortmundt
Rolf Halwich Rolf Halwich ... Auctioner
Gustavo De Nardo ... Dr. Werner Hesse
Valeria Sabel Valeria Sabel ... Martha Hummel
Irio Fantini Irio Fantini
Rada Rassimov ... Christina Hoffmann / Elizabeth Hölle
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A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, a sadistic Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch whom the Baron had burned at the stake. Peter reads aloud the incantation that causes Baron Blood to return and continue his murderous tortures. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Horror

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Trivia

The Vienna castle where the film was shot was originally thought to be a museum, but that information is incorrect. In his book "Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark," Tim Lucas gives this misinformation, but on commentary of the Kino-Lorber DVD release he corrects himself, explaining that the film's producer had stated that it was filmed at the museum. Lucas had, since the book's publication, learned that it was actually shot at Burg Kreuzenstein. See more »

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At the airport the uniformed airline employee greeting passengers at the base of the portable stairway suddenly disappears between shots. See more »

Alternate Versions

Italian version runs 98 minutes; USA version, titled _Baron Blood (1972)_ removes about eight minutes of footage. See more »

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Featured in Urban Gothic (2002) See more »

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Very Good Bava Film
20 February 2001 | by eibon09See all my reviews

The closet thing to a remake of Mask of Satan(1960) that Mario Bava ever did was this film. The plotline is the opposite of Mask of Satan(1960) where in this film the witch is not evil. Gli Orrori del Castello di Norimberga/Baron Blood(1972) is an atmospheric supernatural thriller with marvelous cinematography and some good scare scenes. The main source of inspiriation for Baron Blood(1972) is Antonio Margheriti's The Virgin of Nuremberg(1963). Its interesting that Baron Blood(1972) takes place in the birth country of Adolph Hitler. Baron Otto Von Kleist seems to symbolize the atrocities committed by the nazis during the mid 1930s to mid 1940s.

Mario Bava did Baron Blood(1972) right after the controversial blood letting of A Bay of Blood(1971). Baron Blood has some gore scenes but without frequency and show stopping manner of Mario Bava's previous film. Baron Blood was the first and only time that Mario Bava did a film away from home as he didn't like to leave Italy. The music by Stelvio Cipriani is very good. The chase scenes in the film are some of Baron Blood's most exciting scenes. The death of Fritz is a reference to La Maschera del Demonio(1960) and Sei Donne Per L'Assassino(1964).

Elke Sommer doesn't do much in the role of Eva but she does look arousing in short dresses and mini skirts. Elke Sommer would give a much better performance in her next film for Mario Bava called Lisa E il Diavolo/Lisa & the Devil(1974). Joseph Cotten's performance as the evil Baron Otto Von Kleist brings to mind his role as the "Merry Widow Murderer" in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt(1943). Baron Blood(1972) is not in the same league as the best of Bava's supernatural films such as La Maschera del Demonio/Mask of Satan(1960), La Frusta E il Corpo/Whip & the Body(1963), Operazione Paura/Kill Baby Kill!(1968), and Lisa E il Diavolo/Lisa and the Devil(1974) but is still better than any horror film from Hollywood from the 1990s til now. The set designs for the castle are excellent. The mysterious figure that appears on top of the castle at the end of the film gives me chills everytime I watch this movie.


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Country:

Italy | West Germany | USA

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

27 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Torture Chamber of Baron Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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