Saturday, February 19, 2011
TORTURE CHAMBER OF DR. SADISM (1967)
This is probably one of my fav Christopher Lee movies. It's a simple plot that starts out with Mr. Lee getting the spiky mask from Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY shoved onto his face and then drawn and quartered for being a naughty boy and killing a bunch of virgins. From there it's time for Lee or, as he's known here, Count Regula(which sorta sounds like Count Dracula) to get his revenge by coming back from the grave and pulling some Edgar Allen Poe inspired tricks out of his sleeve including that old Pit and The Pendulum gag. There's a memorable amazingly Gothic scene with our heroes in a carriage driving through a forest that has naked dead bodies and various body parts hanging out of trees. The only down thing is our hero, played by Lex Barker, who was Tarzan back in the 40's. His "acting" is pretty one-dimensional. Originally titled BLOOD DEMON(Lee needs blood to stay alive, just like a vampire) and I have it on a cheap-ass VHS as CASTLE OF THE WALKING DEAD. A good watch if you dig creepy atmospheric horror and Christopher Lee basically doing his Dracula bit in a different(Germany) setting.