The Whip and the Flesh


also known as: La frusta e il corpo | The Whip and the Body

directed by Mario Bava, 87 minutes

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"[A] master class in lighting and movement..." - Fernando Croce, CinePassion

Mature audiences only.

A controversial sado-masochistic film starring Christopher Lee that was mutilated in almost every country when it was initially released, THE WHIP AND THE FLESH is present here in the uncut European widescreen version! Nevenka's ex-lover (who is her husband's brother) Kurt has come back to claim her and he does so by engaging in a forbidden rendezvous. The next day, Kurt is found dead. But his ghost returns to haunt all those who live in the mansion and to continue his love affair with Nevenka.

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Created over 2 years ago.

One of my favorite early Bava films! Beautifully shot

Created about 2 years ago.

Very campy and semi-psychedelic like most Italian Horror films from this time period. There is a lot to enjoy - mostly the out-of-date and stylish campy bits, but still not one of Bava's best.
I would certainly not consider this a sexploitation nor exploitation film. Although it does contain a few scenes of erotic campiness not nearly enough to be given this genre description.

Created almost 2 years ago.

This was a good movie and was viewed without any interference or buffeting.....both parts were complete

Created 7 months ago.

Too dark, too slow. Too much.

Created about 1 year ago.

Looks great. Runs the gamut from sexy to horror to outright silly. The "visits' from Kurt are very Dracula-like, I wonder if it would seem that way without Lee in the role. The fact that the manservant resembles Peter Lorre doesn't help the comparisons any. It could've been a good gothic horror film, but it was too melodramatic. I could live without the keyhole shot of Christopher Lee opening his mouth and coming in for a kiss.

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