1960-1970 (PLEASE NOTE: These bundles cannot be used as part of The $98 Special or any other Sinister Cinema sale.) Here's a bundle of FIVE chilling classics, all with a witchcraft theme to them—and all for just $42 postpaid! You get:
1) HORROR HOTEL—Anamorphic Widescreen Edition (1960) Christopher Lee, Betta St John, Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis, Venetia Stevenson, Valentine Dyall. Classic British horror as a witches' cult lures victims into a dark, ominous New England village for blood sacrifices to the devil. One of the victims, a college student, thinks she has arrived in the village to do research on witchcraft. Little does she know. Creepy and atmospheric with a terrific climax that still packs a punch. A minor classic with a major following that's easily one of Lee's best. We offer an outstanding video edition of this terrifying film. 78 minutes. From 35mm.
2) BLACK SUNDAY—Anamorphic Widescreen Edition (1960, aka THE MASK OF SATAN) Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani, directed by Mario Bava. Considered by many to be one of the greatest horror films ever made. An ancient witch and her hideous servant come back from the grave to fulfill an ancient curse. The opening scene is unforgettable with Steele being branded with a hot iron, then having a spike-filled devil's mask hammered onto her beautiful face. Then of course there's the moment when Barbara's coffin explodes, leaving her slowly resussitating body writhing on her coffin's inner-tomb pedestal. Wow! There is a plethora of other unforgettable moments. The masterful eye of director Mario Bava made this a highly atmospheric classic filled with wonderful b&w cinematography. This is also the film that established Steele as a major horror star. PLEASE NOTE: Our edition is the British version that contains additional footage, a different voice and effects track, and boasts the original Italian music score. Highly recommended. From a beautiful anamorphic 35mm print.
3) BLOOD DEMON—Anamorphic Widescreen Edition (1967) Christopher Lee, Lex Barker, Karin Dor, Carl Lange, Christiane Rucker. Barker sentences Lee, the evil Count Regula, to death for slaying 12 virgins. He is drawn and quartered in the opening scene of the film. Many years later he returns from the dead to claim revenge on Barker’s son (also played by Lex) and seek out the daughter of his intended thirteenth virgin victim, whose blood will endow him with everlasting immortality. The scene where they ride through the corridor of hanged men is very memorable. Both arrive at Lee’s castle to find themselves thrown into a labyrinth of horrors. The pendulum scene and the snake pit scene are decidedly chilling! This could have almost been a Chris Lee Dracula film. Dor, as usual, is beautiful beyond words. Aka The Snake Pit and the Pendulum. From a gorgeous 35mm widescreen print.
4) MARK OF THE DEVIL—Anamorphic Widescreen Edition Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Gaby Fuchs, Reggie Nalder. Lom stars as a sadistic witch finder judge in 18th century Austria. His justice is sadistic, brutal, and mostly against women. This film has a large cult following and is considered a classic in Euro-shock circles. Whether you like it or not, it will certainly leave you with your mouth agape. Not for the squeamish. Please…keep this one away from the kids. Rated R for graphic violence. Uncut. Great color, anamorphic widescreen, from 35mm.
5) WITCH KILLER OF BLACKMOOR (1970) Christopher Lee, Leo Genn, Maria Schell, Howard Vernon. Lee is superb as an evil judge who condemns citizens to be burned as witches. Vernon is terrific as his twisted executioner. If you like witch-hunting movies like Witch Finder General and Mark of the Devil, then this is right up your alley. Clearly one of director Jess Franco’s very best efforts. There are many cringe-worthy moments that will make you look away. Lavishly done with great photography and a wonderful music score. Rated R for full nudity and violence. Previous editions of the 109-minute version have had partially anamorphic, distorted visuals. That's not the case here. 109 minutes. Aka The Bloody Judge and Night of the Blood Monster. Great color, anamorphic widescreen, from 35mm.