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Bell from Hell (1973)

La campana del infierno (original title)
After being falsely accused of being insane and put in a asylum so his wicked aunt and her daughters could steal his money, a recently released young man returns to seek the ultimate revenge against them.


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


Santiago Moncada (story), Santiago Moncada (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... 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


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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Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The prank played by John on Don Pedro - that his three cousins are dead, and expected by his crazy aunt to return through the open door - is lifted directly from a short story by Saki (H.H.Munro) called "The Open Window". See more »


Esther: What did they do to you in the clinic those three years? Did they cure you?
Juan: Yes,
[patting young Maria on the shoulder]
Juan: now I'm completely mad.
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Alternate Versions

The new R1 DVD is incomplete and is missing three scenes and part of a fourth (approx 2 min worth ). See more »


Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »


Frère Jacques
[French children's song]
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Deserves to have a cult following
10 February 2002 | by matt zodiacSee all my reviews

This fascinating and completely off-the-wall horror/art film is full of memorable imagery and surprising shocks. It's about a man who is released from a mental hospital into the care of his aunt and her daughters. They want to drive him mad again to inherit his vast estate, but he turns the tables on them in a series of surreal and sometimes disturbing "tricks". One of the best scenes takes place in a dungeon. The film is original and you never know where it's going. Worth seeking out.

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Spanish | English

Release Date:

19 July 1974 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

A Coruña, Galicia, Spain See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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