Bloody Pit of Horror / Il boia scarlatto (1965)

4.0 out of 5

By having a smooth pace, the right amount of action and cheese, and a good dolloping of the old fashioned castle dungeon ambiance, there definitely ends up being very little to not like about Massimo Pupillo’s turn from the black and white Terror-Creatures from the Grave to this colored and near comic-like take on de Sadean torture. The sheer zaniness of it all makes the overly elaborate death devices and unlikely situations perfectly acceptable. It’s just that type of movie.

With an energetic, show stealing performance and a fitting resemblance to the flamboyant, masked antiheros populating the fummeti neri boom of the time, it becomes hard to forget Mickey Hargitay’s turn as the cruel but entertaining Crimson Executioner.

Bloody Pit of Horror’s music score and story premise will prove very welcoming to fans of movies like The Devil’s Nightmare.

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