Baron Blood: Kino Classics' Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]
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Karl Hummel, the math professor, is played by Massimo Girotti, who stepped off the set of BARON BLOOD and onto the French locations of Bertolucci's LAST TANGO IN PARIS--quite a stretch for our Massimo! Dr. Hummel has a lovely wife, a cottagey-type home in the Austrian village on the outskirts of the castle, and his daughter, Gretchen, a plain-looking redheaded tyke filled with mischief and given to spying. There are so many scenes with Gretchen poking her head through the banister of the staircase, as the grownups talk on downstairs while drinking Austrian wine, that I expected she would get her head caught between the bars. Instead she develops an unexpected acuity and she's the only one who a) can identify Joseph Cotten as Baron Blood and b) can tell Elke Sommer and Peter how to return Baron Blood back to his crypt, from which they have accidentally awoken him. That little girl seems like a nut, and she's ugly as sin, but she's got brains and she's got courage. Later she played an important part in Dario Argento's PROFONDO ROSSO, and still later she was the usher girl in Bava Junior's DEMONS.
BARON BLOOD is a terrifying Mario Bava shocker with a wicked cool performance by Joseph Cotten as the revived Baron von Kleist. In his wheelchair and waxy makeup he seems treacherously close to death. Indeed it's hard to imagine that Cotten himself would be alive for another 20 years after wrapping up his shoot here. His face looks like it's been Botoxed long before anyone had ever heard of the term.Read more ›
The action is set in a castle ( ghosh !) near Vienna, Austria. Nowadays. Elke Sommer - the girl with the mini-skirt - is in love with the american heir of Baron Blood. And, blinded by love and the fog, they set free the bloody Baron and lose the incantation to send him back to hell ( ghosh ! again ).
So the baron, who loves to torture people before killing them, is going to chase the couple but won't bother at all Joseph Cotten, the new owner of the castle.
The copy presented in this DVD presentation is first-class with no white or black spots at all. So you will enjoy the long chase in the fog and the interesting special effects. Of course, you have to be, in the first place, a movie lover who is curious and who won't be afraid of the numerous zooms (forwards and backwards) put in BARON BLOOD, a Mario Bava gimmick by excellence.
A DVD dedicated to the nostalgic ones.
In "Baron Blood", the story begins with a young graduate student, Peter Kleist (Antonio Cantafora) who is visiting his ancestral country, Austria. Peter lives with his uncle and meets an attractive woman, Eva (Elke Sommer) who is helping with the restoration efforts of a castle that used to belong to Peter's ancestor, Baron von Kleist, a 16th century nobleman who was evil incarnate. Peter is obsessed with unearthing the Baron's past, and has brought with him an old scroll which contains an incantation (and counter spell) that will awake the Baron's spirit from its fitful slumber. Peter convinces Eva to go to the Baron's castle and recite the incantation, not realizing that they are about to unleash a malevolent spirit who mercilessly kills the innocent. The rest of the story deals with Peter and Eva's efforts to banish the Baron's spirit to the hell that it came from.
I love Bava's attention to details and atmosphere, something I highly prize in horror movies (a quality that is sadly lacking in many contemporary horror movies) - from the first glimpse of the Baron's castle, a sense of pervasive menace permeates the film, and the viewer knows that sinister forces are afoot.Read more ›
The movie scared the living daylights out of every I knew.
Quite a good story. The plot centres around a Baron Von Kleist (known as 'Baron Blood'), dead for some 300 years. The Baron was legendary for his brutality and sadistism. A young couple go into the Baron's supposedly haunted castle, and utter an incantation which, they are told, will bring the Baron back to life (how many plots in movies hinge on people doing dumb things!!!!!)
Hearing creepy noises, they realize the Baron has come back to life. They decide to utter the words of recantation. But too late, they realize a puff of wind has blown the piece of paper into a fire they've lit. The rest of the movie features the Baron (whose body and face is rotted and horrible) running amok, murdering people, stunning others and placing them in spiked coffins (the black virgin) or impaling them on spikes.
The Baron is finally defeated when they turn to a witch for help. The witch is a reincarnation of one of the Baron's long-dead victims, and she takes great delight in extracting her revenge.
Many years later I saw it again. Although It made nothing of the impact it made on me in my teens, I thought it still measured up well.
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A little partial to Joseph Cotton. Ok Story.... Pretty good solid story that's not drenched in special effects. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Strub
Not Mario Bava's best effort, but certainly an entertaining film. The fantastic shots of set-pieces, the lovely women, and Baron Blood's gruesome make up certainly make this worthy... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JoeyCatHat
Another fine 1970s gothic horror movie with atmospheric music to boot! I loved it and although it didn't have lots of splatter, I prefer it that way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leland
Mario Bava is one of the most respected names in all of horror, but BARON BLOOD is a weak link in his resume'. Read morePublished 6 months ago by K. Jump
Was expecting a more gory slasher aesthetic. It's a decent flick. Saw a lot of things that reminded me of Bloodborne, leading me to believe that Miyazaki is just as much of a 70's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matthew daley
Very good early 70's Italian-made, English-dubbed horror film. Made by Mario Bava, which is a recommendation all by itself. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Celia Trimboli
WOW If yopu love classic horror this is one of the first that got lost.Published 9 months ago by ED CARABALLO