Horrorfest 2019 Presents: Bloody Pit of Horror (1965, Massimo Pupillo)


Despite people bashing Bloody Pit of Horror, I actually enjoyed this utterly bizarre and twisted horror film. This movie and others like it helped creature the whole genre of “Torture film,” years before Saw and Hostel became a thing. Sure the characters are merely there to serve as the victims of a madman who has way too much time on his hands, and yes this is really a gore film for gore hounds, but maybe that’s my kind of film these days. Since I watched it for free on Tubi the quality was not the best, yet I grew up in the age of VHS so that did not bother me at all. No it’s the hilariously insane one liners that the villain keeps saying that makes this a deliciously campy and outrageous film that you will either enjoy like I did, or argue that if not for the violence it would be a good candidate for Mystery Science Theater 3000. Oh and The Crimson Executioner is a great band name if I ever heard one: what a marvelous title for a psychopath.

I had to check and see if The Crimson Executioner came back to life, or if it was some new nut job pretending to be him. It doesn’t really matter, anyways: the torture devices were inspired and the opener was pretty wicked. What did we learn, folks: never enter the castle of a lunatic rich guy bent on reviving the Inquisition at all costs. Especially one who has a “Lover of Death” machine. If you were wondering about the one liners The Crimson Executioner spews in this movie, check these out, from IMDB.com:

“You fools! All of you! I am the Crimson Executioner! Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! This day shall be written in blood! No man can judge me! I am the supreme law! I shall have my REVENGE!”

“Mankind is made up of inferior creatures, spiritually and physically deformed, who would have corrupted the harmony of my perfect body.”

“The Crimson Executioner invented the torture of icy water for creatures like you!”

“My perfect body… in the poisonous clutches of The Lover Of Death!”

“My body… my pure body… has been contaminated…”

Man this guy was really high on himself. I laughed at the lines, was disturbed by the rather nasty murder effects (the Italians were always good at those) and I ended the night realizing that I actually liked the movie. I might be one of the few who does.

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