Bloody Pit of Horror [WS] [DVD] [1965]

This sadistic comic book of a film is given a stunning transfer by Something Weird Video. The colors, particularly the various flesh tones and the red outfit worn by the Crimson Executioner, are impeccable. The disc is presented in a widescreen (non-anamorphic) transfer with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The audio is Dolby Digital Mono. This film has had several incarnations and the excised footage from the American release of the film (billed as A Tale of Torture) has been included on the disc. The footage runs approximately 20 minutes and, though not essential, it is quite entertaining. Also included is a gallery of stills and lobby cards of films from producer Harry Novak as well as a theatrical trailer for the feature. The disc also includes an excerpt from Primitive Love, which features Bloody Pit star Mickey Hargitay and his wife Jane Mansfield dancing to Annette Funicello's "Date Night in Hawaii" on a model-filled Polynesian set. The final extra is a two-minute excerpt from Cover Girl Slaughter, a fashion shoot by way of Madame Tussaud's chamber of horrors. Another bizarre but thoroughly enjoyable disc from Something Weird Video.
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Special Features

  • Digitally remastered
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Deleted footage
  • Archival short subject #1: Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay in an excerpt form the crackpot mondo comedy Primitive Love
  • Archival short subject #2: Cover Girl Slaughter
  • Gallery of exploitation art
  • Horrorama radio-spot rarities


The Bloody Pit of Horror
Ex-Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay plays the thick, musclebound host for the evil spirit of the notorious "Crimson Executioner," a sadistic Italian Baron in whose former castle Hargitay and a collection of sexy models are staging a Gothic-themed photo shoot. Before long, the sweaty brute is hauling the poor lasses into the dungeon to have at them with a wide assortment of torture devices. The film's ad slicks proudly proclaim this Euro-cheapie as being "Based on the works of the Marquis de Sade." Although this statement is pretty unlikely, it's still hard to refute: Who's to say a movie depicting the torture of numerous scantily-clad ladies isn't something the Marquis wouldn't heartily endorse? Authentic or not, it's certainly a sleazy little film, notable only for the novelty presence of Hargitay (Jane Mansfield's husband). Video-seekers can take their pick from a wide assortment of alternate titles: Bloody Pit of Horror, The Crimson Executioner, The Scarlet Executioner, Virgins for the Hangman and probably half a dozen others. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Louise Barrett
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    Walter Brandi
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    Albert Gordon
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    Moa Thai

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