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Bell from Hell (1973)

La campana del infierno (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 1 October 1973 (Spain)
A young man is released from an asylum and returns home for revenge on his aunt and her three daughters, who had him declared insane in order to steal his inheritance.

Directors:

Claudio Guerín (as Claudio Guerin Hill), Juan Antonio Bardem (uncredited)

Writers:

Santiago Moncada (story), Santiago Moncada (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Renaud Verley ... Juan (John in English version)
Viveca Lindfors ... Marta
Alfredo Mayo ... Don Pedro
Maribel Martín ... Esther
Nuria Gimeno Nuria Gimeno ... Teresa
Christina von Blanc Christina von Blanc ... María (as Christine Betzner)
Saturno Cerra Saturno Cerra ... The Shepherd
Nicole Vesperini Nicole Vesperini ... Don Pedro's Wife
Erasmo Pascual ... Priest
Antonio Puga Antonio Puga ... Don Pedro's Hunting Partner
Juan Cazalilla Juan Cazalilla ... Don Pedro's Hunting Partner
Tito García ... Don Pedro's Hunting Partner
Rosetta Vellisca Rosetta Vellisca ... The Shepherd's Daughter
Ángel Blanco Ángel Blanco ... Slaughterhouse Clerk
Susana Latour Susana Latour ... Juan's Mother
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Storyline

A young man is released from an asylum and returns home for revenge on his aunt and her three daughters, who had him declared insane in order to steal his inheritance. Written by Arthur Workman <arthur49@user1.channel1.com>

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Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

1 October 1973 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Bell from Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

A Coruña, Galicia, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Claudio Guerín fell from the tower housing the title bell on the last day of shooting and was killed. The film was completed by Juan Antonio Bardem. See more »

Quotes

Juan: At first, I was sure I could stand it. But then...
[she comes to the bed, and slips off her coat]
Juan: something began to go to pieces in my brain. And something else... began to grow. Hatred!
[grabs her]
Juan: It was painful, but when I accepted it... I felt better!
María: [jumps up from bed] Why do you talk like that? Where's my Mother?
Juan: [takes her by the shoulders, pulls her back onto bed] I told you: Dead. She's dead. If there's none of you here, there'll be no case. And you're not going to be anywhere.
[jumps up]
Juan:
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The new R1 DVD is incomplete and is missing three scenes and part of a fourth (approx 2 min worth ). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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A lost little horror gem
28 September 2007 | by JamesSaintRaveSee all my reviews

I saw this film several times on the late night local movie when I was a kid back in the 70's. With a title like 'A Bell From Hell' you would expect the worst, but it is actually a highly entertaining little Spanish horror film. The plot concerns a man returning home from an asylum bent on taking revenge on those that put him there. These revenge scenes are both horrific and comical-sort of in the tradition of "Dr. Phibes" and "Theatre of Blood"-minus the great Vincent Price! Still, the performances are above average and the plot has not one sleepy moment in it...and watch out for the ironic twist of a finale-you won't see this one coming! Not to be missed-if you can find it.


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