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Bloody Pit of Horror (Special Edition) (1965)

Mickey Hargitay , Walter Brandi , Massimo Pupillo  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mickey Hargitay, Walter Brandi, Femi Benussi, Alfredo Rizzo, Rita Klein
  • Directors: Massimo Pupillo
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Something Weird Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y7HK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bloody Pit of Horror (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted footage
  • Production stills
  • 2 archival short subjects: Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay in an excerpt from the crackpot mondo comedy "Primitive Love," "Cover Girl Slaughter"
  • Horrorama radio-spot rarities

Editorial Reviews

Seeking a gothic background for a horror photo shoot, five sexy cover girls and a handful of photographers break into what they assume is an uninhabited castle and are soon taking a series of macabre stills in its dungeon. But--surprise!--residing in the

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EURO-HORROR CLASSIC on DVD ! October 17, 2000
This is definitely a MUST PURCHASE DVD for any die-hard euro-horror fan! This ridiculous and extremely entertaining 1965 Italian horror-romp stars Mickey Hargitay (Jayne Mansfield's husband) as "The Crimson Executioner". He struts around bare-chested wearing red tights and admiring his muscular body in the mirror as he rubs it all over with oil. When a film crew comes to his castle, he starts torturing and killing them off one by one, overacting all the way! Mickey is a true ham and jumps around the screen like a lunatic throughout. One great highlight is a room with a giant spiderweb and a hungry spider. And then, of course, there's the torture chamber. There's a rotating torture device that Mickey ties bikini-clad women up to and as it turns a sharp blade rips and tears at their skimpy brassieres and lightly scrapes their flesh! And with Mickey running around half-naked throughout in his red tights, were they also going for a gay audience? It's all quite tame by today's standards, but at the time, this must have been quite a sensation! It's a great sleaze-trash classic NOT TO BE MISSED!
The DVD presents the film in it's U.S. 73-minute abbreviated version. 9 minutes were trimmed out of the complete version ("A Tale of Torture") by it's American distributor. The deleted scenes are included as a supplement (including the alternate title sequence), but it's too bad they didn't restore the footage back into the film. Something Weird offers the complete 83 minute version "A Tale of Torture" on VHS under the "Bloody Pit" title so you would have thought this would be the same print. BUT it's not...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Pit of Fun! November 24, 2000
By D. Holt
STORY: Seeking a gothic background for a horror photo shoot, five sexy cover girls and a handful of photographers break into what they assume is an uninhabited castle and are soon taking a series of macabre stills in its dungeon. But--surprise!--residing in the castle is demented actor Travis Anderson (Mickey Hargitay) who thinks he's the reincarnation of The Crimson Executioner, a 17th century madman whose body is entombed in the castle's iron maiden. When Travis recognizes one of the models as his former fiancee, his already unhinged mind completely snaps. He gleefully subjects the trespassers to a variety of bizarre and elaborately-conceived tortures: "The Crimson Executioner cries out for blood!"
PICTURE: 4/5 Where did Something Weird Video get this print? It looks great! Bloody Pit of Horror is shown here in PsychoVision (1.85:1) and like i said looks great. The picture is sharp with nice stong colors and deep blacks. I only saw two scenes that had print damage and it was not distracting at all. Overall, a great looking picture for such a old film.
SOUND: 4/5 The sound is Mono English dubbed and sounds very good. The track is clean and sounds clear.
EXTRAS: 3/5 You get some really weird stuff here. First you get the films trailer which does not look no where as good as the film looks. Next you get some deleted scenes, a long art galley with some cool radio spot for a ton of other films and some weird short films.
OVERALL: 5/5 If your a fan of movies that are so bad that there good, then this DVD of Blood Pit of Horror is for you. Pick it up today. Plus, Mickey Hargitay's performance as the Crimson Executioner is so crazy and goofy, you have to see it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You'd have to be a creep to live in a place like this." December 20, 2005
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Back in the day it wasn't uncommon for producers to take foreign made films and change the names of the cast and crew, apparently to assist in passing them off to xenophobic American audiences...subsequently, Bloody Pit of Horror (1965), originally titled Il Boia scarlatto, directed by Max Hunter aka Massimo Pupillo (Django Kills Softly), co-written by Robert McLoren aka Romano Migliorini (Kill, Baby... Kill!) and Robert Christmas aka Roberto Natale (Vengeance Is My Forgiveness), features Walter Brandt aka Walter Brandi (Curse of the Blood Ghouls), Louise Barret aka Luisa Baratto (Two Pistols and a Coward), Alfred Rice aka Alfredo Rizzo (Go with God, Gringo), Barbara Nelly aka Barbara Nelli (The Amazing Doctor G), Nick Angel aka Nando Angelini (The War of the Planets), Femi Martin aka Femi Benussi (Finders Killers ), along with those whose names didn't need changing like Rita Klein (Tarzak Against the Leopard Men), Moa Tahi (Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs), Ralph Zucker (King of Kong Island), and Mickey Hargitay, one time Mr. Universe and ex-husband to blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield, and one of a number of muscle men to venture abroad to make sword and sandal pictures.

The movie, claiming to be based on the writings of the Marquis De Sade, begins in the year 1648, where we see The Crimson Executioner, who has recently been tried and convicted for torturing and killing the innocent, being put to death by one of his own, macabre devices, but not before he issues a bunch of nonsense about returning from the grave and avenging his own death...yadda, yadda, yadda...anyway, his body is sealed in a funky iron maiden in his castle, which is left standing as a constant reminder of his crimes against humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars old classic
Jayne Mansfield ex doing a movie. who thought it would turn into a cult classic not a bad movie at all very scary
Published 9 months ago by tom danneels
4.0 out of 5 stars "You'd Have To Be A Creep To Live In A House Like This!"...
In BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade), the CRIMSON EXECUTIONER is sentenced to be put to death in a device of his own design. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars Drive-in flash back!
I watched this with my brother, he was 16 I was 20, at the Asher drive-in in Little Rock, Ar. (it's no longer there). Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by Thutmoose
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, mind-numbing cheese from a bygone era
It's no surprise that this film found a home on Something Weird Video, because it incorporates the gothic overtones of Hammer films (group of models and their crew stumble upon a... Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for the movie, but it is available elsewhere
I want to mention that while the movie is entertaining, it is available (without the extras, of course) on the Horror 250 Movie Pack. Read more
Published on December 27, 2008 by Michael Callaghan
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST HORROR MOVIE EVER! 2.75 OUT OF 10
Well horror fans, if you watch this movie, prepare to have your happy memories of your favorite flicks and cheesy B-movies defiled by this horrible travesty. Read more
Published on November 30, 2007 by ACEMAN1
5.0 out of 5 stars Terror in the Dastardly Clutches of the Black Castle of Death
Many many years ago, I was so inspired by this film that I wrote and then filmed, with the aid of some college buddies, a sequel to Bloody Pit of Horror, featuring a relative of... Read more
Published on December 9, 2006 by Music lover in Omaha
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of Unintentional Humor
The movie begins with film of a strangely garbed figure being led by guards to a medieval torture device called an "iron maiden" where he is placed in to die in. Read more
Published on June 29, 2006 by Charles J. Rector
4.0 out of 5 stars Move Over Spiderman
Remember those super heroes from the golden age of comics:

The Green Hornet, Captain Marvel, The Flash, Starman ? Read more
Published on March 30, 2006 by Jeff Marzano
1.0 out of 5 stars Um...
This is a good movie!

It's pretty corny though.

The reason I'm giving this 1 star is because I saw this movie on a double disc old horror movie collection... Read more
Published on March 12, 2006 by Jesse James
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