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Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)

Il boia scarlatto (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 28 November 1965 (Italy)
Writer Rick and his publisher Daniel Parks finally find the ideal location in Italy to shoot some photographs for Rick's Horror photo-novel when they come across an ideal spot. The ... See full summary »


Massimo Pupillo (as Max Hunter)


Romano Migliorini (story, screenplay and adaptation) (as Robert McLoren), Roberto Natale (story, screenplay and adaptation) (as Robert Christmas)


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Cast overview:
Mickey Hargitay ... Travis Anderson
Walter Brandi ... Rick (as Walter Brandt)
Luisa Baratto ... Edith (as Louise Barrett)
Ralph Zucker Ralph Zucker ... Dermott - The photographer
Rita Klein Rita Klein ... Nancy
Alfredo Rizzo Alfredo Rizzo ... Daniel Parks (as Alfred Rice)
Barbara Nelli Barbara Nelli ... Suzy (as Barbara Nelly)
Moa Tahi Moa Tahi ... Kinojo
Femi Benussi ... Annie (as Femi Martin)
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Perry (as Nick Angel)
Albert Gordon Albert Gordon ... Raoul
Gino Turini Gino Turini ... Anderson's Henchman #1 (as John Turner)
Roberto Messina Roberto Messina ... Anderson's Henchman #2 (as Robert Messenger)


Writer Rick and his publisher Daniel Parks finally find the ideal location in Italy to shoot some photographs for Rick's Horror photo-novel when they come across an ideal spot. The seemingly deserted castle looks perfect from the outside, so Rick and Daniel, accompanied by his secretary Edith, their photographer Dermott, and his five young models decide to break in. They soon find the castle is actually occupied by former actor, Travis Anderson, who initially is annoyed with these visitors until he recognises Edith, his ex-fiancèe amongst them. He decides to give them permission to use his castle, but warns them that the dungeons are off limits. Will they heed his warning? Written by bcarruthers-76500

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Release Date:

28 November 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1967. See more »


When Raoul's supposedly dead body laying tied to the bed next to Rick, you can see him blink multiple times. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: On this fifth day of December in the year of our Lord sixteen hundred and forty-eight, by the power vested in us by our noble sovereign, this tribunal of Artena sentences you, the Crimson Executioner, to death. You will die by one of the very instruments you devised to torture and kill your innocent victims. You dared to take into your own hands the laws of both God and man. You set yourself up as both judge and executioner. You caused inhuman suffering, and took life not from any ...
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release from Image Entertainment and Something Weird Video is the shortened 74-minute American version (in 1.85:1 widescreen), offering the 9 minutes of deleted scenes as supplements. The scenes were not restored due the fact that the quality was not as good as the main film, which was transfered from an original 35mm negative. This extra footage is expositive scenes (e.g. more of the photographic crew looking around the catacombs, more of the models posing for camera shots...) but no extra gore or nudity. See more »


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BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (Massimo Pupillo, 1965) **1/2
19 June 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I became aware of this via Tim Lucas’ Mario Bava commentaries and, later, reviews of Image/Something Weird’s SE DVD; ironically, the version I watched – while a print of much-lesser quality (probably sourced from the Alpha PD release) – runs some 8 minutes longer than the Image edition! The reviews had promised a demented and hugely entertaining entry in the realm of Italian Gothic Horrors: ‘The Psychotronic Encyclopedia’ calls it “a classic of idiotic sadism and bad acting”, while it’s “an authentic gem of ‘B’ cinema…a real icon for lovers of bizarre celluloid” according to ‘Amarcord’. Well, the second half certainly delivered on that front – but one had to make do with a deadly first half to get there; unfortunately, my viewing enjoyment was further hampered by the jerky movements associated with the DivX format…but, then, the soundtrack of the film itself seems to have been recorded under water!

Anyway, the narrative is more Poe than Sade: in fact, it’s basically an unofficial rehash of PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961) – as misanthrope/egomaniac Mickey Hargitay takes up residence in the castle of a notorious medieval sadist and, with a dungeon full of torture devices at his disposal, he soon begins to identify with his predecessor to the point that, donning the costume of The Crimson Executioner (as that nobleman was known and, for which crimes, he had been sentenced to death), Hargitay murders anyone who crosses his path! This fate, in fact, is just what’s in store for an adventurous modeling entourage – who seem to think of the castle grounds as an ideal backdrop to their kinky photo-shoots; as it happens, one of the girls involved is an ex-flame of Hargitay’s! So, the slow-going early section sees much of the proceedings taken up by the modeling angle (and the mild lechery, petty jealousy and clandestine romance that seems to be part and parcel of this particular milieu)…but, then, the Crimson Executioner – annoyed by this intrusion and the company’s apparent lack of standards – lets rip with his violent and vengeful antics, and it becomes a good deal of fun.

Though the sex and gore are very mild – since this came fairly early in the game – the climax reaches a fine pitch of frenzy as the cackling masked Hargitay contrives to trap and kill most members of the party in various unwieldy devices (but also via an attack by a rather unconvincing-looking giant spider designed by none other than Carlo Rambaldi), while setting his henchmen (wearing red-striped sailor-type shirts) onto the elusive hero; eventually, Hargitay himself expires on a hanging puppet improbably fitted with a poisoned tip! Despite the muted colors in the print I came across, the look of the film with regards to costumes and sets is both evocative and appealing; ditto for the lounge score, which is extremely typical of the era. For the record, director Pupillo is said to have had a problem with one of the girls (Rita Klein) – especially when she was supposed to display terror: he was even forced to electrocute her for real in order to get the expression he wanted for a specific scene!; by the way, the film was re-edited in 1972 and re-issued under the title I, THE MARQUIS DE SADE!

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