Sunday, October 9, 2011

Baron Blood (1972)

Director: Mario Bava

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer, Massimo Girotti, Rada Rassimov, Anonio Cantafora, Umberto Raho, Luciano Pigozzi, Dieter Tressler

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He sought the ultimate in HUMAN AGONY... with instruments of TORTURE ghastly beyond belief!

Plot: A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, a sadistic Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch whom the Baron had burned at the stake. Peter reads aloud the incantation that causes Baron Blood to return and continue his murderous tortures.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.

Zzzzzzzz. Joseph Cotten (as Baron Blood) doesn't turn up until halfway though. That's when things pick up in comparison to the first half and it's not until the last twenty minutes does it get good and interesting. Everything else is just standard let's-try-to-solve-the-mystery kind of stuff that seems to only kill time until something good happens. There's nothing noteworthy that I could find. Bava's pictures always look good but they usually suffer from pacing and this one is no different. Skip to the last twenty minutes for the desert and skip the main course 'cause it ain't nothin' to write home about.

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