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Bell from Hell (1973)

La campana del infierno (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 1 October 1973 (Spain)
A young man is released from an asylum and returns home for revenge on his aunt and her three daughters, who had him declared insane in order to steal his inheritance.

Directors:

Claudio Guerín (as Claudio Guerin Hill), Juan Antonio Bardem (uncredited)

Writers:

Santiago Moncada (story), Santiago Moncada (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Renaud Verley ... Juan (John in English version)
Viveca Lindfors ... Marta
Alfredo Mayo ... Don Pedro
Maribel Martín ... Esther
Nuria Gimeno Nuria Gimeno ... Teresa
Christina von Blanc Christina von Blanc ... María (as Christine Betzner)
Saturno Cerra Saturno Cerra ... The Shepherd
Nicole Vesperini Nicole Vesperini ... Don Pedro's Wife
Erasmo Pascual ... Priest
Antonio Puga Antonio Puga ... Don Pedro's Hunting Partner
Juan Cazalilla Juan Cazalilla ... Don Pedro's Hunting Partner
Tito García ... Don Pedro's Hunting Partner
Rosetta Vellisca Rosetta Vellisca ... The Shepherd's Daughter
Ángel Blanco Ángel Blanco ... Slaughterhouse Clerk
Susana Latour Susana Latour ... Juan's Mother
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Storyline

A young man is released from an asylum and returns home for revenge on his aunt and her three daughters, who had him declared insane in order to steal his inheritance. Written by Arthur Workman <arthur49@user1.channel1.com>

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Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

1 October 1973 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Bell from Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

A Coruña, Galicia, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Claudio Guerín Hill fell from the tower housing the title bell on the last day of shooting and was killed. The film was completed by Juan Antonio Bardem. See more »

Quotes

Esther: Did you practise free love?
Juan: Yes.
Esther: I want to start but mother won't let me.
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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effective and perverse little horror
6 October 2005 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

For much of the time this is a most effective and perverse little horror but there are wayward moments and I am not convinced by the ending. However we have to remember that the poor director died after a fall from the infamous bell tower on the last day of shooting so probably didn't have too much input himself after that! As with much European shock/horror of this period the plot is a little lacking but this one has a most unusual look and feel constantly surprising us as we witness the past and present of a lad who may have been forced into madness by his mother's sister so she could keep the inheritance for herself and her three daughters. Well, all four of them are treated to some tasty revenge before the final denouement and if it doesn't all make complete sense it is a good ride with more than the odd reference to youth disaffection of the time and the lingering effects of Franco who was to live one more year.


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