The Blood Demon


1h 25m 1969

Brief Synopsis

In the Olden Tymes, Count Regula is drawn and quartered for killing twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber. Thirty-five years later, he comes back to seek revenge on the daughter of his intended thirteenth victim and the son of his prosecutor in order to attain immortal life.

Film Details

Also Known As
Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Dayton, Ohio, opening: 21 May 1969
Production Company
Constantin-Film
Distribution Company
Hemisphere Pictures
Country
Germany (West)
Screenplay Information
Inspired by the short story "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe in The Gift (Philadelphia, 1839).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1
Film Length
ca7 reels

Synopsis

Forty years after Count Regula is beheaded and dismembered for murdering 12 virgins, Baroness Lilian von Brandt, her maid, Babette, and her attorney, Roger Montelis, are summoned by a mysterious messenger to the legendary Blood Castle where the murders were committed. They are joined by Fabian, a thief disguised as a monk, who hopes to rob the castle. As they travel through the ghostly forest festooned with corpses, Roger rescues Lilian and Babette from mummy-like hooded riders, but in the darkness of midnight the women become lost. Not until Roger and Fabian reach the ruins of the castle do they find Lilian and Babette, imprisoned by Anatole, Count Regula's indestructible servant. The dismembered Count Regula, revived by Anatole, announces that he needs the blood of a 13th virgin to achieve immortality and that he is ready to sacrifice Lilian. While Lilian is suspended above a pit of spiders and snakes and subjected to mental torture, Roger is thrown into a pit to be executed by a razor-sharp swinging pendulum. Roger manages to free himself, and, armed with Lilian's diamond-studded cross, he destroys Anatole and Count Regula. The castle crumbles as the four captives make their escape, Roger with Lilian and Fabian with Babette.

Film Details

Also Known As
Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Dayton, Ohio, opening: 21 May 1969
Production Company
Constantin-Film
Distribution Company
Hemisphere Pictures
Country
Germany (West)
Screenplay Information
Inspired by the short story "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe in The Gift (Philadelphia, 1839).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1
Film Length
ca7 reels

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Notes

Originally released in West Germany in 1967 as Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel; running time: 85 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1967

dubbed

Released in United States 1967