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Black Magic Rites

2.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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From the perverse mind of director Renato Polselli (Delerium) comes Black Magic Rites - a delectable example of deluxe sleaze cinema. This sadistic film depicts a series of satanic rituals conducted in an ancient castle s underground vaults. These rites allow for lurid depictions or whippings, burnings and torture. All of which culminates in the slaughtering of seven naked virgins and a demonic orgy.

Starring Euro sleaze-queen (and Roberto Rosselini collaborator) Rita Calderoni alongside renowned actor/muscleman Mickey Hargitay (Jayne Mansfield's husband), this is sadomasochistic horror - Italian-style! Black Magic Rites is presented here in a definitive edition featuring a new 16:9 Enhanced master created from the original film negative, and with a slurry of special features sure to please cult horror fans.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Christa Barrymore, Mickey Hargitay
  • Directors: Renato Polselli
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Redemption Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BP14K8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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(AKA 'The Reincarnation Of Isabel' 1973)- Before we go any further, if you're going to watch this flick, please do so in Italian with subtitles, as the English dubbed version is unwatchable. Not that anything will elevate this perverse gem of a sexually-overheated occult oddity to the status of a 'good' film, but those of us who revel in such insanity will be able to enjoy properly, as director Renato Polselli ('Delerium') intended.

This one starts with a woman being burned alive at the stake for being a witch to the bass line and percussion of Santana's 'Soul Sacrifice' while some psychedelic credits roll over Mario Bava-esque colors shining on the faces of the attendant villagers, so we know what kind of a schlocky treat we're in store for from the get-go.

Five centuries later, we're witness to a black magic ceremony involving a naked woman chained to an altar while some dudes in red leotards and black capes invoke Satan to reincarnate the soul of Isabel (the burnt witch) who gets a chance to be reborn every night of the 25th moon. You see, Count Dracula was the lover of Isabel the witch, who petitioned the powers of Darkness to become the first vampire, and presides over the reincarnation rituals.

That's the extent of the ridiculous plot; the rest of the flick is all about naked women. Euro babes, to be exact, and we see them being tied up, burnt alive, fondled, scantily clad, buried alive, tortured, in cages, beaten with tree limbs, losing their virginity, getting felt up by vampires, sacrificed, groped by their doctors, pursued by priests and superstitious villagers, in lesbian trysts and all the hysteria and melodrama we've come to expect from these Italian psych-horror sleaze fests. REJOICE or RUN AWAY! (2 stars for the flick, 4 stars for the rest...).
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As long as you know what you're getting into you can have a lot of fun watching this overlooked Italian horror / nudie gem. Fans of 70s retro psychedelia / satanic cult movies will love this! It's a continuous horror fantasia filled with delirious depictions of fetishistic & satanic elements and it all takes place in and around a creepy old castle. It has all of the sensational elements you expect in horror movies of its era, it's never boring, and plays much like one long and twisted nightmare sequence. Lots of bloody scenes, some gore, lots of naked women (and yes, they are all GORGEOUS), strange satanic rituals and appropriately mesmerizing music. This movie is a fine example of the kind of movie that many fans of retro horror are always looking for. Sure it's 'cheesy' and melodramatic by modern standards but that's part of why we love these flicks. There is an undeniable charm to its continuous, unabashed displays of stark horror and sleaze. It also gets even better with each repeated viewing. If you like the aforementioned elements you should consider this as a purchase and not just a rental as you will most likely watch it many times.
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(AKA 'The Reincarnation Of Isabel' 1973) - Before we go any further, if you're going to watch this flick, please do so in Italian with subtitles, as the English dubbed version is unwatchable. Not that anything will elevate this perverse gem of a sexually-overheated occult oddity to the status of a 'good' film, but those of us who revel in such insanity will be able to enjoy properly, as director Renato Polselli ('Delirium') intended. The blu-ray remastering is decent, but didn't blow me away, as I already owned the earlier Redemption release. But it improves the contrast dramatically, which is a sore spot for many 70's Eurohorror flicks, so I was grateful for that.

This one starts with a woman being burned alive at the stake for being a witch to the bass line and percussion of Santana's 'Soul Sacrifice' while some psychedelic credits roll over Mario Bava-esque colors shining on the faces of the attendant villagers, so we know what kind of a schlocky treat we're in store for from the get-go. Other reviewers seem to take these films way too seriously, as they were never intended to be. The key ingredients were a Eurogothic horror homage to the Universal classics, sex and gratuitous violence that wasn't permissable before 1968 when the codes were revised (usually heaped upon women back in those days for not staying at home + rearing kids while keeping working dads liquored up after a tough day at the office), pervasive nudity, drug use prevalent at that time, and more nudity. 'Gotta love it for what it was, not is - know what I mean?
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This is arguably one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I wasn't expecting Ben Hur or Lord of the Rings, but I really saw no redeeming qualities. All of the acting was of the mechanical expression and motion variety, the storyline was weak, contrived, and fragmented, and the scenes were inconsistent and lacking in artistic quality. Special effects were so badly done that the end effect was comedic, instead of horrific. What could have been an extremely interesting story idea ended up being a worse than useless waste of screen time.
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