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House of the Black Death (1965)

GP | | Horror | 24 August 1999 (USA)
Two brothers, both of whom are warlocks, use their powers and covens of witches to battle over the family fortune.


Harold Daniels, Reginald Le Borg (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Lora Crozetti (novel), Richard Mahoney


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Cast overview:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Belial Desard (as Lon Chaney)
John Carradine ... Andre Desard
Andrea King ... Dr. Katherine Mallory
Tom Drake ... Paul Desard
Dolores Faith ... Valerie Desard
Sabrina ... Blonde Belly Dancer
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Dr. Eric Campion
Sherwood Keith Sherwood Keith ... Stokes
Catherine Petty Catherine Petty ... Martha
George Mitchell George Mitchell ... Coven Member (as George Andre)
Katherine Victor ... Lila (as Kathrin Victor)
Margaret Shinn Margaret Shinn ... Initiate


Two brothers, both of whom are warlocks, use their powers and covens of witches to battle over the family fortune.

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SHOCK! Male Witchcraft in Evil Terror!










Release Date:

24 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood of the Man Devil See more »

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1.85 : 1
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The producers didn't like what director Harold Daniels had done with the film, so they hired Jerry Warren to come in and finish it. Reginald Le Borg also directed some scenes, uncredited. See more »

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Disorienting, Disturbing
12 November 2013 | by Scott_MercerSee all my reviews

If the goal here was to make a good movie, they failed miserably.

If the goal was to confuse, disturb and disorient the viewer, then JACKPOT, baby! This movie is not scary because it evokes a disturbing real atmosphere of fear the way something like Night of The Living Dead does. The effect here in HOTBD is much more surreal.

No, the world of House of The Black Death, aka Blood of the Man Devil is not a world that you or I might recognize. But it is a world that sucks you in. A world of grainy, back-and-white horror; a world of creeping, Gothic torment, a world of a furtively glimpsed fever dream while under the influence of absinthe or laudanum, as you are restrained with rubber hoses in a rusty dentist's chair from the 19th century and assaulted with various antique dental implements.

The stark textures of the muddy, washed out print I viewed only added to the sense of ennui and nausea endured while watching this exercise in creepiness, a tableau which added death-desiring boredom to the mix during the endless talky scenes of people discussing the battle for the soul of the Dessard family between Carradine and Chaney. The extra added frisson provided by the poor condition of the print I viewed was clearly not intended by the filmmakers, but you know what they say, when life hands you lemons...or, more concisely, whatever works.

Now that I have accidentally referred to Woody Allen and Larry David in this review, a highly inappropriate turn of events, I will end with just one command: I importune you to watch this film only late at night, with the lights off, preferably when you are so tired that you will not be able to stop dozing off (if you weren't already there, the dialog will see to that). The wretched visuals of this nightmare of a psychotic will mix with your own dreams as you drift off into an impenetrable trap amongst the ether, of both your own making and that of the (many) directors of this "film."

Pleasant screams.

UPDATE: As of 1/2014, now available on DVD from VCI Entertainment, who have released 2 volumes each of three Jerry Warren "classics." For those with strong constitutions only...

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