Christopher Lee delivers one of his most unforgettable performances as Judge Jeffreys, the infamous 17th Century Witchfinder with the power to send practically anyone to their death. Jeffreys’ unholy obsession with a luscious wench fuels a jaw-dropping spree of torture, brutality and perversion. A fine international cast including Maria Rohm, Margaret Lee, Maria Schell, Howard Lee co-star in this epic of sexual violence and sadism, complete with a superb score by Bruno Nicolai. Directed by genius of schlock Jess Franco, who in this film lavishes special attention on authentic gothic interiors and lush exteriors.
This is 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 Rohm’s lesbian jailhouse encounter as well as additional nudity, bloodshed and what Christopher Lee himself calls “scenes of extraordinary depravity!”
He was only 6 years old when he started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War, he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and a easy-read novel writer (under the pseudonym David Khume), he signed on to enter the Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográicas (IIEC), where he was only for two years, while he worked simultaneously as a director and theatre actor. Later, he went to Paris to study directing techniques at the I.D.H.E.C. (University of Sorbonne), where he used to go into seclusion during hours to watch films at the film archive. Back to Spain, he started his huge cinematographic work as a composer, with Cómicos (1954) and El hombre que viajaba despacito (1957), and later worked as an assistant director to Juan Antonio Bardem, León Klimovsky, Luis Saslavsky, Julio Bracho, Fernando Soler and Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent… read more
Stutteringly, mind-numbingly awful. Boringly written, poorly dubbed, woodenly acted and totally inept in all the technical departments. Jesus Franco's Witchfinder General-ripoff has absolutely nothing to recommend it, dears. This sad excuse for a film and its makers blow chunks!!