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Baron Blood (1972)

Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga (original title)
PG | | Horror | 27 October 1972 (USA)
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A young man, visiting the castle of a murderous ancestor in Austria, accidentally brings his dead relative back to life - searching for new victims.

Director:

Mario Bava

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Willibald Eser (story), Mario Bava (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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He sought the ultimate in HUMAN AGONY... with instruments of TORTURE ghastly beyond belief! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Pretty Good
26 March 2004 | by GafkeSee all my reviews

A young man travels to Europe and visits the ancient castle of a rather notorious ancestor called Baron Blood, a man whose name is still not very popular in the surrounding villages. Seems the Baron was a bit of a sadist, just in case the "Baron Blood" title didn't give it away already. Our young hero, Peter, meets Elke Sommer, and instead of breaking into the castles dungeon in the middle of the night and having sex like any normal hot young couple in the early 70s,

these two brilliantly decide instead to perform a centuries old ritual designed to raise the dead. When will these people learn? The Baron rises, seen first as a Phantom-of-the-Opera type guy with a face like a spoiled casserole, and later as a wheelchair bound and Maybelline dependent Joseph Cotton.

This really isn't a bad little film. There's some great spooky lighting techniques, some even better funky music and some gorgeous shots of the European

countryside. The ancient, crumbling castle is a wonderful set and the death

scenes are quite gruesome, especially the one featuring an Iron Maiden-ish

casket and a guy who looks a LOT like the late great Peter Lorre. In a nice twist, there's even a centuries-dead witch who turns out to be the GOOD guy! (Or girl, as the case may be) The acting isn't that great, but it doesn't make this an unwatchable film by any means. The story seems loosely based on the life of

Vlad the Impaler, but still manages to be original and interesting. A nice feeling of dread permeates the entire film. One of Bava's best efforts.


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