Euro Horror is a very pleasurable genre in which to be steeped. I am ridiculously proud to be a Euro horror fan in the way that some people follow a football team, or a style of music. This is why I produce so many articles on the genre. Enthusiasm is infectious, and if my article provokes just one reader to buy a copy of The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, my work here at WhatCulture is achieved. Cannibal Holocaust is maybe one of the top five Euro Cult Horror films, but I have written about it so often, I am not going to bore you again by going over the same old territory. In this article, I have picked some critically acclaimed stalwarts of the Euro Horror genre which will hopefully make an interesting read for you. Please give your feedback below.
10. Bloody Pit Of Horror (1965)
Directed by Massimo Pupillo, Bloody Pit of Horror (sometimes known as The Crimson Executioner) is a gothic horror movie. Gothic horror movies were all the rage in early 1960s Italy, as we can see from the work of Mario Bava and Riccardo Freda. Bloody Pit of Horror is not quite as accomplished as the output of Bava or Freda, but it is a good cheesy fun movie which every fan of Euro Horror must see. Mickey 'Father of Law & Order: SVU actress Mariska' Hargitay plays the villain of the film - Travis Anderson, a retired actor who lives in a castle. A photographer and some models show up at the castle (which they think is vacant) for a photo shoot. Travis tells them to leave but then he recognises an old girlfriend and lets them stay the night. In an amazing turn of events, the spirit of a former resident of the castle - the Crimson Executioner takes a hold of Travis. This causes him to mince around in red tights, oiled up to the max, with an eye mask and a little red cap. It also causes him to mete out death and punishment to the models in his torture dungeon. The gore is lame and the acting atrocious - except for Hargitay, who positively gobbles the scenery up. He is quite amusing to watch as he doles out ridiculous punishments to the poor models. The film claims that it is based on the Marquis de Sade's work which is a total joke because I have read de Sade's work and it is horrible and disturbing. Bloody Pit of Horror is, in contrast, silly and camp. In fact camp is the best word to describe the whole affair. Sure to have you in gales of laughter (or at least it will evoke a titter or two), Bloody Pit of Horror is a bad movie classic for the ages.
My first film watched was Carrie aged 2 on my dad's knee. Educated at The University of St Andrews and Trinity College Dublin. Fan of Arthouse, Exploitation, Horror, Euro Trash, Giallo, New French Extremism. Weaned at the bosom of a Russ Meyer starlet. The bleaker, artier or sleazier the better!