Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)
Written By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Domenico Massimo Pupillo
Producer: Francesco Merli, Ralph Zucker
Screenplay: Roberto Natale, Romano Migliorini
Date Released: November 28, 1965
Mickey Hargitay as Travis Anderson
Walter Brandi as Rick
Luisa Baratto as Edith
Ralph Zucker as Dermott
Alfredo Rizzo as Daniel Parks
Nando Angelini as Perry
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Bloody Pit of Horror follows a crew of cover girls as well as their photographer and manager who drive to what they believe to be an abandoned castle in order to conduct a photo shoot. However, when they arrive, they realize that the castle is in fact inhabited by another person and his body guards. When the owner of the castle agrees to let the crew stay for the night and conduct their photography work in the castle, they learn of someone who lived and died in the castle centuries ago known as the Crimson Executioner. But as the crew begins to shoot photographs, they notice strange events happening and soon the crew becomes the new victims of the crimson executioner.
There is some blood and gore. Although the gore scenes are tacky, the ideas and concepts behind these scenes are sound. For example, at the end of the film, some of the crew members are being tortured. In this scene, two girls are placed on a spinning wheel and the wheel gets closer to a spike which cuts at the girls. The blood in this scene looks like grape jelly but we appreciate the concept nevertheless. In the beginning of the film, the crimson executioner is put the death by a torture coffin in which blades are attached to the door which ultimately closes on the person who steps into the coffin. Not only did the blades look plastic, but were slightly bent if you look quickly at the scene. Again, although comical, we respect the ideas as they would look great if implemented through modern technology.
The Grave Review
Bloody Pit of Horror (1965) was based on a Marquis de Sade novel. For those who are familiar with Sade’s work, he writes erotic novels that usually revolve around torture as a form of pleasure. As such, the film portrays these concepts in the film. The plot, itself, was fairly straightforward but the execution of the film’s interpretation was overshadowed by some of its tackier aspects.
When the owner takes over as the crimson executioner, he wears these tight red spandex pants with a eye mask and a hood. One cannot see this film without thinking of Adam West’s Batman. The fight scenes were over-dramatized and lame. I was expecting the film to incorporate a “pow” or “phooom” between each punch but unfortunately the film did not deliver.
The pace of the film was fairly slow and uneventful. Even when a death scene occurred, the film was not very impressionable. The performances of the actors and actresses also felt apathetic. Overall, Bloody Pit of Horror was not a very good film but had some potential.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Bloody Pit of Horror (1965) one and a half grave out of five graves.
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