= Highest Rating
perhaps the goofiest villain in fright film history,
is Italian horror kitsch with a kick. Muscleman Mickey Hargitay
Frankenstein) gives a delightfully delirious, thoroughly
over-the-top performance as the Crimson Executioner, a joyfully
sadistic torturer of people he judges "sordid" or "lecherous".
Fortunately for us, a group of beautiful models and horny photographers
out on a photo shoot wander straight into his self-righteous
clutches. Oh, the humanity!
At this moralistic fiend's disposal is an
entire dungeon of medieval torture devices, including the iron
maiden, the rack, and the poisonous-barbed "lover of death".
This wouldn't seem so odd in a horror film... except that the
Executioner struts around in bright red wrestling tights and
a mask, oiling and flexing his biceps, ranting about his "perfect
body" and laughing maniacally as he gleefully burns people alive.
Aided and abetted by a
gonzo music soundtrack, bad dubbing and a gaggle of scantily-clad
Eurobabes, the Crimson Executioner is one of the most memorable
— not to mention unintentionally
hilarious — bad guys to ever chew
scenery on the silver screen. At a scant 74 minutes the thing
cerrtainly doesn't drag, steadily building to a crescendo of
delirium with each goofy set-piece.
or higher modem
Weird's video transfer of this almost 40 year old film is remarkable;
colors are incredibly vivid and there's little print damage. Unfortunately
there's quite a bit of hiss in the Dolby mono audio track, which
detracts from the insane dialog and funky score. The pure "so-bad-it's-good"
enjoyment factor of the movie (along with a nice package of psychotronic
extras and informative liner notes) helps compensate for the flawed
audio, however. Note: Don't dive into this flick looking for tons
o' skin and/or gore; it's strictly PG-rated stuff.
While tame by today's standards,
the escapades of the Crimson Executioner —
who's the Marquis de Sade, Republican "virtues
czar" Bill Bennett and a WWF wrestler all rolled into one
— should still
provide a bloody good time for those who enjoy bizarre B-movie