Mario Bava, 1963
PLEASE NOTE: This is a NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region free release
Steeped in sadomasachism and lushly photographed in thevivid hues for which the director is known, Mario Bava”sTHE WHIP AND THE BODY is a Gothic thriller that farsurpasses the API Edgar Allan Poe films that it wasintended to emulate.
Christopher Lee (Dracula: Prince of Darkness) stars as Kurt Menliff, thesadistic son of a wealthy Count, who returns to the family castle, much tothe dismay of his family, their servants, and the beautiful woman with whom
he shares a fondess for the lash (Daliah Lavi). When Kurt is found murdered,it brings no peace to those who had feared him, as his vengeful spiritcannot be contained by the grave, and he returns to torment thoseunfortunate enough to remain within Menliff Manor.
Mastered in HD from an original 35mm print.
Italian with optional English subtitles
French with optional English subtitles
Audio commentary by Tim Lucas,
author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
Original trailers of other Bava films
THE WHIP AND THE BODY
(La frusta e il corpo, What!)
Italy 1963 Colour 87 min 1.78:1
1920 x 1080p
Directed by Mario Bava
Produced by Frederico Magnaghi
Screenplay by Ernesto Gastaldi
Ugo Guerra and Luciano Martino
Photographed by Ubaldo Terzano
Music by Carlo Rustichelli
With Christopher Lee, Daliah Lavi, Tony Kendall, Ida Galli, and Harriet Medin