Bloody Pit of Horror (1965, Color):
This tale of torture and vengeance is based on the infamous writings of the Marquis de Sade. A group of photographers and models arrive at an Italian castle owned by a deranged ex-actor who is the reincarnation of the notorious medieval torturer, the Crimson Executioner. When he discovers that his ex-girlfriend is among the group, the enraged madman subjects them to his dungeon of torture. With scantily clad victims pleading for mercy as they face unendurable tortures, Bloody Pit of Horror
is a titillating over-the-top European horror epic. Filmed in "Psychovision," it stars Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay as the Crimson Executioner whose "...vengeance requires blood!" The names in the credits of this Euro-trash classic have been anglicized to protect the guilty.
Horrors of Spider Island (1962, B&W): A team of chorus girls find themselves caught in a deadly web when they are shipwrecked on a remote South Seas island. The lush, tropical isle seems an ideal place to await their rescue, but hidden in the jungle are giant poisonous spiders. A venomous bite transforms the girls' escort into a disfigured beast, half-man and half-insect. Consumed with lust and craving blood, the monster hunts down the defenseless girls and slaughters them one by one. The ensuing panic drives the dancers to squabble and fight among themselves until they realize that their only hope for survival is to work together in a final stand against the monster. Originally released in West Germany with the title Ein Toter hing im Netz, this campy sexploitation film uses every trick in the book to sneak a peek at its heroines' nubile bodies.
Nightmare Castle (1962, B&W): Muriel and David are caught in an adulterous affair by her sadistic husband Stephen, who subjects the couple to horrific tortures in his laboratory. He viciously executes them, but they are far from being disposed of. The unholy lovers return from the grave to wreak horrifying revenge on the scheming doctor and Muriel's psychotic twin sister, Jenny. Originally released as Amanti d'Oltretomba, this incessantly gruesome film draws high praise from fright-fest connoisseurs.
Beast of the Yellow Night (1971, Color): As notorious killer Joseph Langdon flees through the Philippine jungle, one step ahead of an all-out police manhunt, he makes a pact with the Devil to spare his life in return for his soul. He believes he got the better end of the bargain, but it seems he failed to read the fine print on the diabolical deal. Satan's contract calls for him to periodically be transformed into a crazed, hideous, flesh-eating demon.
Eddie Romero, who wrote and directed this low-budget horror film in 1971, is the most celebrated Philippino filmmaker of all time. His four-decade career led to him being named National Artist of the Philippines in 2003.
Starring John Ashley, Vic Diaz; Written and Directed by Eddie Romero.
Keep My Grave Open (1986, Color): A psychotic, sword-wielding killer impales victims one by one at the remote Fontaine mansion. Living there in the darkened rooms and hallways are emotionally disturbed Leslie and her reclusive and abusive brother, Kevin. The woman's psychiatrist, condemning her obsessive and incestuous relationship with Kevin, urges her to leave, but to no avail. As the bodies continue to pile up, Leslie sinks deeper and deeper into murderous madness.
One of four horror films from director S. F. Brownrigg (Don't Look in the Basement, Don't Open the Door, Scum of the Earth), Keep My Grave Open is notable for the screen debut of busy, successful actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Basic Instinct, Memento).
Starring Camilla Carr, Stephen Tobolowsky; Directed by S. F. Brownrigg.