Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)
As anyone who reads my entries regularly knows. I have a taste for bizarre movies. But Bloody Pit of Horror is bizarre even by my standards! Mickey Hargitay, a body-builder best-known for having been married to Jayne Mansfield, plays a man who comes to believe he is the reincarnation of the Crimson Executioner, a kind of witch-hunter/inquisitor who was condemned to death for being excessively cruel and sadistic, even by witch-hunter/inquisitor standards. This man happens to live in the castle once owned by the Crimson Executioner. A group of photographers and models, looking for locations for photo shoots, stumbles upon this castle. The photo shoot soon turns to terror and mayhem. It’s much too ridiculous to be taken seriously, and even the sadistic means by which the various attractive young models meet their ends are really too silly to be offensive. The film does have considerable camp appeal however. Hargitay is one of those bad actors whose bad acting has a truly epic quality about it. In fact the whole movie is bad on an epic scale. If you’re in the right mood, though, it’s strangely entertaining and morbidly and weirdly fascinating.