Review: The Whip and the Body (1963)

I’m getting a cozy feeling when I can watch Christopher Lee roam around with a cape in a big gothic castle. This time he brought his whip…

blu“THE WHIP AND THE BODY”
1963
Horror
Italy

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Christopher Lee, Daliah Lavi, Tony Kendall
Distributor: Kino Lorber
Runtime: 87 mins
BLU RAY REGION A

“It’s wonderful to see things being born. Being born and then die.”

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The evil Kurt returns to his family castle to congratulate his brother with his marriage to Kurts former fiancee. This stir up some family issues. Kurt’s former lover, the housemaids daughter took her life after he abandoned her. Even his father and brother hates him. Soon Kurt is found murdered. Still everybody thinks he’s back from the dead torturing his former girlfriend. More people turns up dead, and secrets unveils.

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Mario Bava is one of the greatest Italian genre directors. This is another well made and stylish gothic horror. But putting the theme of sadomasochism on the big screen in 1963 had to stir the cencors in a big way. Well casted bunch with a particullarly scary Lee as a whip-crazed sadist.

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Bava-autobiographer, Tim Lucas is always a treat contributing with a great audio-commentary on this release.

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