The Whip and the Body

The Whip and the Body

Christopher Lee
Director: Mario Bava, John M. Old Cast: Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
, Daliah Lavi
Daliah Lavi
Mario Bava, John M. Old,

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Marred by controversy at the time of its release, this horror fantasy from Italy's legendary horror director Mario Bava centers on the twisted desires of a nobleman's son (Christopher Lee). Lee is ostracized by his father for his dalliances with a servant girl (who later commits suicide), but is allowed to return to the fold by his brother, whose lovely wife (Dahlia Lavi) immediately becomes the object of Lee's mad lust. Lee is later found murdered, along with several other victims from the surrounding village, leading superstitious locals to believe that Lee's evil spirit has returned to destroy them; the twist ending reveals the real evil at work. The kinky, sadomasochistic relationship between Lee and Lavi raised more than a few censors' eyebrows, leading to some harsh cuts.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/17/2013
UPC: 0738329123024
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 41,039

Special Features

Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark; Theatrical trailer; Original trailers of other Bava films

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Lee Kurt Menliff
Daliah Lavi Novenka
Tony Kendall Christian Menliff
Ida Galli Actor
Harriet Medin Actor
Luciano Pigozzi Manservant
Haniet White Giorgia
Jacques Herlin Priest

Technical Credits
Mario Bava Director
John M. Old Director
Ernesto Gastaldi Screenwriter
Ugo Guerra Screenwriter
David Hamilton Cinematographer
Federico Magnaghi Producer
Luciano Martino Screenwriter
Carlo Rustichelli Score Composer
Ottavio Scotti Art Director
Ubaldo Terzano Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Whip and the Body
1. Kurt Is Back [:09]
2. Lover Of Violence [7:39]
3. Dagger [9:44]
4. Funeral [9:01]
5. Stormy Night [9:27]
6. Haunted [9:34]
7. Death In The Family [9:45]
8. The Scream [7:52]
9. Believing In Ghosts [7:56]
10. Open Casket [6:24]
11. Chapter 11 [9:19]

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