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Bloody Pit of Horror1965

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"Filmed in PsychoVision" isn’t even the most outlandish claim made by a movie that opens with a bogus quote attributed to the Marquis de Sade ("My vengeance needs blood!") who, in the 1960s, became synonymous with all things kinky. Admittedly, by the standards of the time, this Italian-made/English-language horror opus was extremely kinky. So much so that even two years later, in an era of falling censorship barriers, it was banned from release in the United Kingdom. A group of models and crew break into a seemingly uninhabited castle that provides the perfect spooky setting for their fetish-y shoot. They soon realize it is inhabited by a surly recluse played by Mickey Hargitay, the former Mr. Universe and husband to American bombshell Jayne Mansfield. It takes them longer to realize their surly host is quite mad and quite willing to deploy the medieval torture-dungeon instruments used by its original inhabitant, the murderous aristocratic "Crimson Executioner." With its lounge-music score, bad dubbing and worse dialogue clashing against some pretty sadistic content, BLOODY PIT OF HORROR is 1960s Eurosleaze at its finest. Stripping down to red tights and a wrestling belt, then oiling up with a giant gold medallion around his neck (as if headed to a swingers' club), Hargitay’s deathmaster articulates the horror genre’s frequent misogyny with usual specificity: "Mankind is made up of inferior creatures, spiritually and physically deformed, who would have corrupted the harmony of my perfect body... A woman's love would have destroyed me!" [Apologies for the poor source quality of this film. It is presented here in the best transfer currently available.] - Dennis Harvey

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What an Awesome Classic Horror Film... A Castle, Hot Models and Torture!!! What more could you want...

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What an Awesome Classic Horror Film... A Castle, Hot Models and Torture!!! What more could you want...

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There’s cheese and then there’s cheese, and this flick is pure Provelone. “The Bloody Pit of Horror” is an oddball head-on collision of styles. It’s gothic horror, it’s giallo, it’s fumetti. Add a swingin’ soundtrack and characters who like they belong on a 1960’s TV variety show. The dubbed dialog is typically awkward and "Psychovision" looks like Instragram filter dropped on top of the print, which adds to the overall lunacy of the movie. Director Domenico Pupillo (yup, some Italian directors have better names than others!) does manage to put together a few great suspenseful scenes like the spider web death trap. All in all, it ain't pretty, but it sure is a lot of fun!

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Pretty good example of its kind : ie. really awful films. The script was horrible, the acting (couldn't tell the professionals from the rookie) awkward, the lip-synch/translation deplorable, and even the editing was sloppy. Lots of sweat though. The only despicable thing that happened, was the "hero", though desperate to escape with his beloved, took the time (off screen) to dress her naked and tortured body completely - including shoes. A terrible crime.

Surprisingly good for an over-dubbed campy torture/titillation movie. Really.

Look, the main villain is a muscleman who assumes the title "The Crimson Executioner" - This is the kind of thing that inspired "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and it's wonderfully bad.

torture and crimson .......let the games begin !!!!

Slow, fake fight scenes, bad voice overs... Some homoerotic overtones but not enough male skin to make it a draw for even the gay crowd...

Briefly, never come to care about any of the characters although it was obvious early on who would survive. I stayed with it to the end even though it really is of the "third picture at a drive-in triple feature" quality. During the last fight scene and conclusion I turned of the sound and let iTunes pal in the background. Spartacus suite No. 1. Adagio serindipitously fell into place. Many better films of ththis time, country, genre.