The Whip And The Body

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Dvd & blu- ray - Ian Berriman

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1963 | Blu- ray/ DVD

This mor­bid gothic hor­ror from Ital­ian di­rec­tor Mario Bava fea­tures lash­ings of kink. Christo­pher Lee ( dubbed, dis­tress­ingly) is the black sheep of an aris­to­cratic fam­ily who re­turns home, is stabbed by hands un­known, then ter­rorises the ob­ject of his de­sires from beyond the grave. Or does he?

A pervy piece, it’s li­able to raise fem­i­nist eye­brows – in a key se­quence, Lee’s glar­ing sadist whips the blouse off his sis­ter- in­law, whose pain is clearly min­gled with masochis­tic plea­sure. But it’s hard to take an arte­fact this camp too se­ri­ously. And a dif­fer­ent kind of rav­ish­ing is equally mem­o­rable: the one Bava per­forms on your eye­balls with his colour­ful light­ing.

Ex­tras: Ex­pert com­men­tary; a Lee in­ter­view; an over­view piece; trail­ers; a gallery.

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