Review: Baron Blood (1972)

Never mind the stupid plot, this is one brutal and scary movie!

“BARON BLOOD”(Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga)

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer, Massimo Girotti
Distributor: Arrow
Runtime: 98 mins

“Oh, that’s just Fritz, the caretaker. He’s gotten a bad habit of scaring intruders.”

While visiting the castle of his murderous ancestor, Baron von Kleist, young Peter and his newly met girlfriend find a way to awaken the evil Baron. Death and torment will again roam the hallway of the “Devil’s castle”.

Another masterfully directed, atmospheric and stylish horror by Mario Bava. He mixes the gothic with the modern in a great way. The backdrops, lightning and music sets the mood, and puts Bava (and also Argento) an inch higher than most of the Italian horror directors at the time. Didn’t like the ending that good, but all in all it’s a good and scary horror flick from the vaults of 70’s Euro-horror!

The Arrow-release has granted us with three different versions of the movie, and has one blu-ray, and two dvd discs in the set. It’s got audio-commentary, interviews, trailers/tv-spots, photo galleries, booklet and more. Another great release from the company!