original title: Gli Orrori Del Castello di Norimberga
aka: The Torture Chamber of Baron Blood, Baron Vampire, Chamber of Tortures, The Blood Baron, The Thirst of Baron Blood
Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Joseph Cotton, Elke Sommer, Massimo Girotti, Rada Rassimov, Antonio Cantafora
He sought the ultimate in HUMAN AGONY… with instruments of TORTURE ghastly beyond belief!
Peter Kleist is visiting Austria where his ancestors castle is. He meets up with his uncle Karl and the restoration expert Eva at the castle and takes a look around. It used to be owned by a bloodthirsty baron that used the dungeons as torture chambers. The barons demise was caused after a witch curse him to burn forever. Eva and Peter however find the scriptures that can bring the Baron back to life and the curiosity gets the best of them.
After he is brung back to life, people end up being killed and Eva seems to be stalked and is in great danger. At the same time a mysterious guy in a wheelchair named Becker bought the castle and has taken a particular interest in Eva, who is now trying to figure out who is causing this and if it really could be Baron Blood!
The legendary Mario Bava delivers a gothic and very hammer horror type of movie here. It is filled with just incredible shots in the castle, a bad plot filled with holes in it and a script that would be turned into a poor movie by most directors out there. What makes it worthwhile Bava who creates a great moody atmosphere that last through the entire movie. There is especially a chase scene with the baron and Eva through the city which is foggy, colorful and just incredibly well made. The music is also good and adds to the mood set by Bava.
Elke Sommer (Lisa and the Devil, I Miss You Hugs and Kisses) stars as Eva. She is nice to watch, but does a better job in Lisa and the Devil. Her ugly hairdo also distracted me a lot during this. The entire fashion sense in this is pretty funny, including the sideburns and hair of Peter, played by Antonio Cantafora (Supermen Against the Orient, The Bitch). Joseph Cotten (The Devil’s Daughter, Syndicate Sadists) plays the baron and Becker. His makeup as Baron is quite nice and works well. He is also a very demonic character and makes up for a good gothic villain. The part with the witch however was kind of a letdown.
Baron Blood has one thing going for itself and that is the great Mario Bava. With a regular director this would be a simple and below average gothic movie. The first time I watched this I didn’t care much for it, but this time I was amazed at how beautiful this very little film is. I’ll admit that I might perhaps go a little overboard on the positives here cause it is not that great of a movie, but I had a lot of fun watching it again and found it very enjoyable.