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With: Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer, Massimo Girotti, Rada Rassimov, Antonio Cantafora, Umberto Raho, Luciano Pigozzi, Dieter Tressler
Written by: Vincent Fotre
Directed by: Mario Bava
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 98
Date: 25/02/1972

Baron Blood (1972)

3 Stars (out of 4)

'Baron' Lands

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In Mario Bava's Baron Blood (1972) Massimo Girotti plays the descendent of an evil baron, a vicious killer with a chamber full of torture equipment. Together with architectural student Elke Sommer, he reads an incantation to bring the baron back to life.

Joseph Cotten co-stars as a millionaire who buys a castle that may or may not be haunted by its original owner. Bava uses his trademark brilliant color cinematography to amazing effect within the huge, old castle, though the movie as a whole is a shade or two less effective than the similar Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966).

In 2012, Kino released a new Blu-ray edition, including a commentary track by Bava scholar Tim Lucas, alternate title sequences, trailers, and radio spots.

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