That ’60s Torture Porn

The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism

The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967) has been released so many times it has six different titles, one of them in German. (Still waiting for the Siberian version.) Basically the Pit & The Pendulum (1961) recast as a 14th Century tale of Frederic Regula, a Count with a dandy name, whose cruel hobby is torturing anyone who dares hangs out at his dirty castle.

The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism

You have your pit of black snakes, free-range lizards, spiders and scorpions, a bed of spikes, a few rats, and, of course, the dreaded infomercial-grade pendulum designed to split you in two for the price of one.

The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism

The town is fed up with Regula’s rec room and sentences him to be drawn and quartered. Translated: each arm and leg tied to horses going in opposite directions. The timing couldn’t be worse – Regula was on the verge of immortality and just needed the blood of one more virgin (the 13th) to complete the serum.

The Torture Chamer of Dr. Sadism

Fortunately, his man-servant sipped enough of the serum prior to being hanged. He came back from the dead, and for years scheduled his master’s resurrection, a plan that lured his captor’s ancestors back to the castle for a little torture, a little rat biting and a little blood extraction. And it’s a cool bonus each ancestor looks exactly like the ones who executed Regula. Of all the darned things.

The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism

Trying to maneuver the caves where Regula has his traps set up is a test in keeping your hair combed. But nothing will stop the professionally handsome Roger Montelise from rescuing his new girlfriend, Baroness Lilian von Marienberg. Fortunately for Regula, she’s a virgin. (Too bad she didn’t hook up with Roger a bit earlier in the movie.)

The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism

Regula needs Lilian’s blood to be filled with fear in order for the chemical reaction in the immortality juice to do its magic. They try scaring the crap outta her, but she’s more resilient than first assessed. Soon enough, Regula gets his way and is moments from paying taxes for eternity. Roger has a different ending in mind, having escaped the pendulum and holding the one key to success. Who wins? Let me ask you this – have you been tortured by Count Regula lately? All that’s left is for Roger to put an end to all that virginity nonsense. Good for him.

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