After a public execution, the good people of a small Transylvanian community think they have finally rid themselves of the murderous Count Regula (Christopher Lee), known to his victims as Dr. Sadism - they were wrong! Even being drawn and quartered does not cripple this sadist. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of his intended 13th victim and the son of his prosecutor in order to attain immortal life. Borrowing loosely from Poe's 'The Pit and the Pendulum', director Harald Reinl does a masterful job of pacing and fills the screen with surreal and spine tingling images. Reinl's real life wife Karin Dor plays the luscious Baroness Lillian von Brabant, the last female member of one of the families. Only her blood can give the Count what he needs for his life elixir.
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Ten years after his successful stint as Tarzan, Lex Barker is still in hero mode. At the end of the '50s, he found work surprisingly hard to come by and so travelled further afield than his native America where he still received top billing. He's a bit wooden in this, to be honest, but then he isn't required to do an awful lot other than to look smouldering and get involved in a few scraps - which he does with aplomb.
There are echoes of Dracula here, with blood providing life (long) after death, and Christopher Lee as Count Regula. Dripping corridors, a doomy atmosphere and plenty a heaving bosom, all heartily directed by Harald Reinl, ensure a thickly sliced slab of gothic splendour.
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