Blood Bath

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"The shrieking of mutilated victims caged in a black pit of horror!"
  • NR
  • 1966
  • 1 hr 9 min
  • 5.1  (1,064)

Blood Bath is a 1966 horror movie, directed by Jack Hill, and starring William Campbell, Marissa Mathes, and Lori Saunders. The film follows the story of a deranged artist, who takes revenge on those who stole his work. The movie starts with a flashback sequence, where we see Countess Elizabeth Bathory being executed for her crimes. She is accused of murdering young women and bathing in their blood to preserve her youth. The film then moves forward to present-day Venice, California, where we meet Antonio Sordi (William Campbell), a disturbed artist who runs a gallery with his girlfriend, Miriam (Marissa Mathes). Antonio is obsessed with the legend of Countess Bathory and creates violent paintings depicting her, which he claims are based on his dreams.

One day, a girl named Daisy (Lori Saunders) comes to Antonio's gallery to model for him. Daisy is an aspiring actress who is looking for her big break. She poses for Antonio and is impressed by his talent. However, soon after her photo session, Daisy disappears. Antonio claims that he killed her and used her blood to create a masterpiece. The police investigate the case, but there is no evidence to arrest Antonio.

Antonio starts having nightmares and hallucinations. He hears voices, sees ghosts, and becomes increasingly paranoid. He believes that the ghosts of his victims are haunting him and that he is being watched. His behavior becomes erratic, and he starts to lose touch with reality. He also becomes more violent, attacking people who he believes are against him.

Miriam is worried about Antonio and decides to seek help from his old mentor, Max (Sid Haig). Max is a retired actor who now works as a janitor. He understands Antonio's mental state and tries to talk to him. However, Antonio is suspicious of Max and thinks that he is trying to steal his work.

As Antonio's mental state deteriorates, he starts to merge his reality with his dreams. He believes that he is Countess Bathory and that he has the power to resurrect her. He starts to dig up graves and tries to find her body. Miriam and Max try to stop him, but he is too far gone.

Blood Bath is a low-budget movie, but it has a certain charm to it. The film is shot in black and white, which gives it a noir look. The acting is somewhat theatrical, but it suits the style of the movie. The storyline is simple, but it is executed well. There are some genuinely creepy moments in the film, especially when the ghosts start to appear.

The film's biggest problem is its pacing. The first half of the movie is slow, and it takes a while to get to the horror elements. The film also lacks gore, despite its title. There are some blood splatters, but nothing too graphic.

William Campbell does a good job as Antonio Sordi. He plays the character with the right mix of madness and vulnerability. Marissa Mathes is also convincing as Miriam, Antonio's long-suffering girlfriend. Lori Saunders is given little to do as Daisy, but she is likable enough in her small role.

Overall, Blood Bath is a decent horror movie that is worth watching for fans of the genre. It may not be a classic, but it has a cult following for a reason. The film has its flaws, but it is an enjoyable B-movie that delivers on the horror elements.

Blood Bath is a 1966 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 9 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.1.

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    1 hr 9 min
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    5.1  (1,064)