Plot: What’s it about?
When you think of five super hot cover girls on an exotic photo shoot, I doubt you visualize a man in a strange outfit and a red mask, who demands blood. But there is just such a man in this movie, as an insane actor, Travis Anderson (Mickey Hargitay) has assumed the persona of The Crimson Executioner, which is not a friendly one, let me assure you. So Anderson roams around inside a massive castle and does insane things, but when a team of starlets and their camera crew arrive, this is when Anderson loses the last of his mind. You see, one of the hot ladies is his former lover and when he sees her, his last sane nerve snaps and he starts to rampage about, in an effort to torture the beautiful young women. As he strings the girls up and does various sadistic acts upon them, the chance of escape lessens with each passing moment. Can anyone defeat The Crimson Executioner before he kills all of these wonderful babes or if nothing else, can they persuade him to try some new threads?
I happen to think The Crimson Executioner looks and sounds like a comic book baddie, but that doesn’t mean his movie sucks. It can be hard to believe the red hooded loonie as a lethal killer, but in a film like this one, who needs realism, am I right? This movie has a mean main bad dude, some hot chicks with disappearing clothes, and of course, a nice dose of violence to round out the mix, so in other words, the basics are more than covered here. I actually think the basic premise is a solid one and even if it slips off track at times, the storyline here is stronger than is most movies of this variety, so no hard feelings there. There is some blood, violence, and flesh showcased in this picture, but I don’t think there is enough to choke a horse, if that is what you’d like to know. So in the end, we have a very fun and gleeful little motion picture here, that offers jiggling females and one hilarious hooded murderer. I recommend this film to all those interested in the genre and with a very solid disc, this release is worth a purchase or rental, whichever you choose.
It takes a special kind of man to accept the role of The Crimson Executioner, as well as one that needs some cash real fast. The man chosen from the masses of talented workers (I’m sure) that auditioned was Mickey Hargitay, better known as the steady of Jayne Mansfield. There’s only much you can do while yelling from under a terrible red mask, but Mickey seems to have mastered the role, as well as the awful ensemble he is forced to don. His character’s vengeance needs blood and thanks to Mickey’s dedication, that is done with a style grace like no other. Other films you catch Mickey in include Lady Frankenstein, Death At The Villa, Las Vegas By Night, and The Ghastly Orgies of Count Dracula. The other workers present here include Rita Klein (Ape Man of the Jungle), Femi Benussi (Erotic Passion, Strip Nude For Your Killer), Walter Brandi (Island of Lost Girls, Curse of the Blood Ghouls), and Luisa Baratto (The Devil’s Man, Payment In Blood). At the helm of this movie is Massimo Pupillo (a.k.a. Max Hunter), who also directed films such as Cemetary of the Living Dead and Django Kills Softly, among others.
Video: How does it look?
Bloody Pit Of Horror is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. The lack of anamorphic enhancement shows here, as a lot of moire patterns and edge enhancement are visible, which detract from the experience somewhat. I also saw some pulses within some scenes, which cause the colors to distort and return to normal, but this can be very distracting at times. Aside from the pulses though, the colors look bright and flesh tones appear normal, no other complaints in that area. The contrast also looks solid, detail is good and black levels seem dead on. The source print shows some marks, but is good enough in the end. I like this movie a lot, so I was let down by this transfer, but it would be hard to eliminate the color pulses, given the cost and minimal potential return on that investment. So this one sneaks by as being pretty watchable, but I do wish it was anamorphic and the colors fixed.
Audio: How does it sound?
This isn’t the best mono track I have heard, but then again, it is far from the worst also. I think the music has hints of distortion at times, but aside from that, this track is clean and without real problems. The mono format doesn’t allow much range of course, but given those limits, this is an adequate audio option. The dialogue is smooth and very easy to hear at all times, no volume troubles in the least here. All the creaks, screams, giggles, and yells come across in fine form also, a very basic, but effective track here.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a selection of exploitation artwork, some radio spots, and the film’s entertaining theatrical trailer. You can also find excerpts from two other films, Cover Girl Slaughter and Primitive Love, both of which were fun to check out. The main bonus here is a short reel of deleted footage, which makes an excellent addition to this special edition disc.