Friday, July 22, 2011

The Bloody Judge (1970)

Horror will hold you helpless!

The Bloody Judge
Here come de judge!  For a Jess Franco movie, The Bloody Judge is surprisingly highbrow.  Sure, it still showcases an ample amount of torture and titties but it's nothing like his usual sleazy sexploitation films.  It's like a historical drama with more than a little exploitation added to spice things up.

Undoubtedly, this movie will draw comparisons to Michael Reeves's Witchfinder General which came out a couple of years before this one and if you're forced to choose between the two, I'd recommend the Vincent Price film.  But The Bloody Judge is still a pretty damn entertaining movie, in my opinion.  It should also be noted that I watched the 103 minute uncut version of this film, parts of which are in German with English subtitles (the naughty parts, that is).  There is a heavily cut American version known as Night of the Blood Monster which should be avoided if possible.

During the reign of King James II, Lord Chancellor Jeffries (Christopher Lee) has a wicked reputation as defender of the Crown and Church.   Without remorse, he sends anyone to be tortured and executed if they are accused of treason or witchcraft.  Alicia Grey is brought before Jeffries on charges of witchcraft.  He finds her guilty and has her burned alive.  It later comes to his attention that the son of Lord Wessex is having an affair with this dead "witch's" sister Mary (Maria Rohm), who is not only associated with witches but also of conspirators against the king.  Lord Wessex's son Harry is warned to leave this wench alone but he is in love and refuses.  He and Mary fight for the army of William of Orange but are captured and along with 500 of their fellow rebels are sentenced to death by Jeffries.   Will they escape? Will the rebels overthrow King James and his sadistic but loyal henchman, Lord Jeffries?  Yes, yes they will.

You can make a drinking game out of this movie by partaking of your beverage every time someone uses the word "wench," "slut," or... "taint."  There's not a lot of chivalry in The Bloody Judge.

Violence Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Booby Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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29 comments:

my day in a sentence said...

The bloody judge! :D
Your reviews get better and better! :D

Bart said...

hay sex, how romantic

GMSoccerPicks said...

I know it has 3.5 gore and 3.5 boobs, but it doesnt look all that good to me. I guess i dont like the medieval-ish movies that much.

Hot New Music Today said...

Super in depth. Nice review

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WOODLOUSE said...

The guys in armour look quite well done

D4 said...

I see so many boobies.. and yet it's rated PG? Then I saw the title of the trailer and it all made sense. LE TSK.

Bigshanks BSc said...

Can't beleive this is from 1970! Will have to check it out later, nice blog mate +follower

To Tipota said...

Added in my watchlist. Would love to play this drinking game with the wenches ;)

Dilord said...

That's Awesome dude! Classic films good one!

Ken said...

awesome film man

-E- said...

"taint"? that's a little anachronistic, no?

Bonjour Tristesse said...

This one looks quite interesting. A departure from Franco's usual M.O. Thanks for the review!

Henry said...

@-E-: Maybe they're referring to the demonic kind.

Shaw said...

From the screens, I think this deserves a higher booby rating

Banacek said...

@Shaw You can check out the Rating System for an explanation. I think 3.5 is actually the "sweet spot."

@Henry You're right. It's a witchcraft reference.

Jay said...

Christopher Lee looks so... NOT evil. :|

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

Y'know, this blog reminds me one of the most important lessons I've learned thus far in my life: I need to watch more grindhouse movies.

Titties and torture, exactly what a growing boy needs!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

I think it's weird how Christopher Lee has pretty much looked exactly the same his entire life. He just got paler and wrinklier. I guess maybe all those years in undead makeup during his 20s and 30s prepared for the world for what he was gonna look like now.

Electric Addict said...

hell ya for the uncensored uncut version :)

leanmeansteen said...

ah dang christopher lee, i gotta check this one out

Alan said...

well this sounds like a great historical documentary!

Haunter said...

*Checks to see if it's on netflix* YESSSSSS! Fantastic. Might watch this today. Kind of excited.

Astronomy Pirate said...

Shouldn't all judges be bloody? haha.

movie68 said...

Sounds like a pretty fun drinking game

The Angry Lurker said...

Boobies and history, I'm in.

BigOryx said...

good review, now I want to watch that movie

Shutterbug said...

But I don't drink! :P

ed said...

the nudity is looking good

StigmataHandjob said...

Those wigs are priceless. This is a total must see.

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