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The Bloody Pit of Horror (a.k.a., The Crimson Executioner) (1965).

January 26, 2010

The Scoop:
In this bargain basement Italian production, a group of models, photographers and assorted hangers-on visit an old castle for a photo shoot, only to run into the demented owner who thinks he’s possessed by the spirit of the Crimson Executioner, a 17th century torturer.

Despite the poor acting and technical incompetence, this is charming in its own sleazy way and is most notable for the presence of Mickey (Mr. Jayne Mansfield) Hargitay, who plays the owner. He camps it up big time, and the camera obviously loves his oiled-up body. He’s the highlight of the movie, although the torture and titillation, which are very tame by today’s standards, hold a certain cheesy charm on their own terms.

Don’t you dare call yourself a bad movie lover if you haven’t seen this one yet.

Best Line:
“Mankind is made up of inferior creatures, spiritually and physically deformed, who would have corrupted the harmony of my perfect body.”

Side Note:
Hartigay won the Mr. Universe title in 1955 and followed that up with a string of B-movies, including “Hercules vs. the Hydra” and “Lady Frankenstein.” His rocky six-year marriage to Mansfield was tabloid fodder throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s,, and their daughter Mariska Hartigay has won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for starring in “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Companion Viewing:
“Baron Blood” (1972) and “Lady Frankenstein” (1971).

Cool Cinema Trash.
Images Journal.

Take a Look:
The trailer:

Mickey chews some scenery:

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