Bloody Pit of Horror

The reincarnated spirit of The Crimson Executioner returns to wreak horrifying acts of sadism on beautiful women.
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DVD Features:

  • Based On The Writings Of The Marquis Desade
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 18, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1965
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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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.

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A group of models stumble into an apparently abandoned castle, looking for a suitably gothic setting for a photo shoot. They discover the old dungeon and they and their photographers begin setting up a series of macabre shots. Their presence alerts an unhinged actor who lives out his madness in the castle as self-proclaimed reincarnation of the Crimson Executioner. When he realizes one of the models is his former fiancee, he begins to execute a series of horrific tortures.


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Mickey Hargitay: The Unsung Hero Movie Lover: from Clifton, NJ US -- July, 3, 2005

When Mickey's daughter won that Emmy recently and had her Dad stand up in the audience I immediately revisited this Euro-Shock trash classic. How can a movie featuring bad dubbing and a shirtless, basket-wearing Hargitay not be high on the camp-classic list? This film capitalized on the mid-Sixties "Sade" craze that produced other Italian gems such as "Eugenie" and "Justine," along with the Royal Shakespeare Co.'s filmed production of "Marat/Sade," all of which strayed from Sade's actual writings to either portray him as a champion of free speech or as an over-the-top demon. Hey, even "Quills," didn't use his actual writings.

The Marquis DeSade never wrote anything like this! Movie Lover: from New York City, NY US -- June, 26, 2003

This movie is allegedly based on the writings of The Marquis DeSade. He should sue for misrepresentation. While Jayune Mansfield was in Italy doing PRIMITIVE LOVE her husband, Mickey Hargitay, slipped away to make this picture. Admittedly he does seem to be having a lot of fun. He plays Travis, an ex actor who has suffered a nervous breakdown and retreated to an old family castle. When a group of models and photographers ask to use the castle to shoot covers for pulp novels Travis goes over the edge and imagines himself to be his remote ancestor, The Crimson Executioner. Putting on blood red tights and a Lone Ranger mask Travis takes everyone down to the dungeon to "punish" them for their immorality. Among the torture devices he uses is a clockwork spider that must have been really popular 400 years ago!
Walter Brandi (hero of THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA) manages to keep a straight face throughout the picture. Watch for Czech actress Femi Benussi (TARZANA THE WILD GIRL) is the stereotype dumb blonde and Louisa Barrato as the heroine. Dumb? Yes! But so very dumb it turns out to be fun.

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  • Sales Rank: 3,707
  • UPC: 089218415196
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