Lee gives one of his most unforgettable performances
as Judge George Jeffreys, the infamous 17th Century witchfinder
whose unholy obsession with a luscious wench (Maria
Rohm of The
Blood of Fu Manchu) fuels a jaw-dropping spree
of torture, brutality and flesh-ripping perversion. Howard
and Oscar® nominee Leo Genn
co-star in this landmark epic of sexual violence and sadism,
complete with a superb score by Bruno
and directed with spectacularly deviant glee by the one and
only Jess Franco.
Blue Underground is proud to present the most
complete and uncensored version of The Bloody Judge ever released,
painstakingly restored from various European vault elements
and now including such never-before-seen sequences as Maria
Rohms forced-lesbian jailhouse encounter as well as
additional nudity, bloodshed and what Christopher Lee himself
calls scenes of extraordinary depravity!"
- from Blue
I had read/heard somewhere that this movie
sucked big time, so I didn't have high hopes for it. Boy was
I surprised. Of the 3 Franco flicks in the "Christopher
Lee collection", this is the best one in my opinion.
Lee's acting is marvellous, and there are some
other cool characters as well. Much of the filming is very
well done, and the battle scenes look extremely good for a
Franco production. Also included in the "Blue Underground"
version are torture and nude scenes from a German version
of the film (those scenes have English subtitles). Especially
look out for a lesbian scene that's totally sick (and utterly
pointless), true to the Franco spirit.
As always, the Franco/Lee interview on the DVD extras is great.
You also get some alternative scenes and a removed scene +
I'd say the "Christopher Lee collection" is definantly worth
the money (and this version on "The Bloody Judge" is only
available through the collection box)
Want more info on this movie?:
Version with extra scenes only avaliable
in the "Christopher Lee collection": DVD
Pacific or Amazon.com