The Whip And The Body
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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.