Review Date: November 1, 2000
Released by: Something Weird Video
Release date: 10/17/2000
Region 0, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: No
A group of photographers and models arrive at, what they soon believe to be, an abandoned castle. They're there to shoot photos of the models to use in horror novels. The book publisher, Price, rings the bell at the castle's gate hoping to get permission from the owner to shoot in the castle. When no one answers they decide to climb over the wall and let themselves in. Once in the castle they're confronted by one of the servants who asks what they're doing inside. They explain their situation and Price is then brought to the owner of the castle, Travis. Travis quickly denies their request to shoot within the castle, not even allowing them to stay the night. He demands they leave immediately.
As the group gathers their things to leave, Travis spies on them from within another room. He sees Edith (Luisa Baratto) and quickly does an about-face. He comes on the intercom and tells the group they can stay for the night, shoot in the castle, but that they must be gone in the morning. Everyone is excited by the good news and they quickly begin to setup for the shoot.
One of the shoots takes place on a torture devices in the castle. Something goes wrong during the shoot and the device is set off, killing Perry, one of the models. Everyone is devastated but agrees to continue on after Price offers to triple their pay. Travis comes along and explains that the the castle was once owned by the Crimson Executioner, a madman from hundreds of years ago that would torture people inside of the castle. He was finally caught and killed in one of his own iron maiden's, which was sealed so that his spirit could never escape. Travis is afraid that the seal may have been broken and that he's come back to avenge himself. As the shoot progresses it seems Travis may be right as more and more of the crew are found dead. Now the remaining members of the group was go head to head with the Crimson Executioner in order to escape the tortures that await them.
Not a classic by any means, but it does have its moments. I thought the sets were nicely done and the torture chambers looked terrific. The makeup effects are extremely weak, boasting one of the most ridiculous looking spiders you'll ever see. Then you have the Crimson Executioner, who basically looks like a wrestler. Sorry, a guy running around in tights scares me but not the way I want to be scared. I did like the whole concept of torture devices, which is definitely not a way I want to die. I just wished they executed it a bit better and made the Crimson Executioner look somewhat scary.
Image Entertainment presents Bloody Pit of Horror in a non-anamorphic widescreen transfer in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The few problems that were present consisted of some print blemishes and a few scenes having light grain. Besides that, the transfer is flawless. Image is sharp with nice, strong colors. Dark scenes hold up nicely with strong blacks as well. Flesh tones are well balanced throughout the movie. Great job by Image on this one.
Bloody Pit of Horror is presented with a mono soundtrack. Much of the dialogue is too low and I found myself having to really crank up the volume at various parts, and when you do that you get a hissing noise in the background. Not really a major problem, but it's a bit annoying.
Image labeled this DVD as a special edition, and it does have some decent extras to speak of. First up are some deleted scenes - what they did is playback an entire sequence from the movie with specific deleted scenes added into them. The running time is about 16 minutes, but there's only around 2-3 minutes of actual deleted scenes in there. Two short subjects are included. First is Archival Short Subject #1: excerpts from Primitive Love - this is sort of stupid, but I have to admit I was laughing while watching it, so it does have some value. Then there is Archival Short Subject #2: Cover Girl Slaughter. This one is amusing as well, and it's horror based - definitely enjoyable.
There is also a gallery of exploitation art that has horrorama radio-spot rarities playing in the background. I enjoyed this the most, because a lot of the artwork is spectacular and horror fans will definitely enjoy viewing it. Plus the radio-spots playing in the background are pretty good too, with such spots as Last House on the Left playing. Lastly, a theatrical trailer is included. All in all this is a decent special edition with some enjoyable extras.
Movie is moderately enjoyable, highlighted by some great looking sets. Video quality is great, though there are some minor problems with sound. There's a good amount of extras and most of them should be enjoyable for all horror fans. As usual a good job done by Image and Something Weird Video on this Bloody Pit of Horror: Special Edition DVD.
Movie - C
Image Quality - A-
Sound - C
Supplements - B-
- Running time - 1 hour 14 minutes
- 1 Disc
- Chapter Stops
- English Dolby Mono
- Theatrical trailer
- Deleted Footage
- Archival Short Subject #1: Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay in an excerpt from the crackpot comedy Primitive Love
- Archival Short Subject #2: Cover Girl Slaughter
- Gallery of Exploitation Art
- Horrorama Radio-Spot Rarities