Sunday, August 11, 2013
BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965)
Way before "torture-porn" became a trendy thing most horror films didn't have graphic torture scenes on display in them but over in Italy they didn't care about that and made this anyway. Mickey Hargitay, who was Hercules and Jayne Mansfield's husband, here plays a crazy psycho fellow who oils himself up, dresses like a pro-wrestler/superhero in bright red tights and a matching hood and has the wrestler-like name of The Crimson Executioner. He gets himself sentenced to death in the most heavy-metal of ways by being placed in the iron-maiden and then returns many years later seeking vengeance and blood. Luckily a whole gang of beautiful scantily-dressed women happen along to his castle looking for a creepy place to have a creepy photo-shoot. This is obviously a pretty stupid movie with the most minimal of plot but it's also a really fun trip, mostly due to Hargitay's over-the-top acting and the crazy torture devices that get put to good use. There's also an amazingly ridiculous giant spider that shows up at one point. Check it out unless you suck as a human in which case go immediately to your nearest multiplex for your cinematic lobotomies.
Played on a double-bill with fellow Italian shocker TERROR CREATURES FROM THE GRAVE:
Also inspired this rockin' tune from one of New Jersey's greatest punk bands: