director Domenico Massimo Pupillo
I don’t know if it’s really a subgenre or just one of those tropes or commonalities, but several 1960’s European horror flicks (mostly Italian) seem to feature a bevy of young pretty girls (showgirls, dancers, models) showing up at a scary castle and encountering something scary. The films in mind so far are Horrors of Spider Island (1960) and The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960) and now this one, Bloody Pit of Horror.
Really, it’s not such an odd thing, since pretty girls become victims and this set-up allows for them to be prime material. Of course, Spider Island takes place on an island, not a castle. And in this one, they don’t have dance numbers and there is less leering. But still.
Bloody Pit of Horror is silly madness and badness, starring Mickey Hargitay as reclusive hunk in a castle visited by a magazine camera crew and models who stopped in thinking the place abandoned. Hargitay lets them stay begrudgingly, but then slips into madness thinking himself the rebirth of “The Crimson Executioner”, somewhere between a Marquis de Sade, the Spanish Inquisition, and a professional wrestler.
It’s the last part of the movie where things get fun. A girl in a giant spider web with a poisoned robot spider heading her way. A bunch of super-camp torture sequences and a finale that feels a lot like an episode of the 1960’s Batman TV show. If you can imagine, Adam West and Burt Ward in a contemporary “torture porn” movie, well,…it’s hard not to be entertained.