Jayne Mansfield’s husband (and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s favorite actor) Mickey Hargitay stars in this garish but fun 60’s shocker as the deranged “Crimson Executioner” who runs around his ancient castle in a red mask and cape and menaces beautiful models and hunky photographers for 75 minutes. Since the Executioner is a student of the Marquis de Sade, he’s converted his basement into a torture chamber where he likes to use a bed of spikes, an iron maiden, Chinese water torture, and in the film’s best scene, a giant spider web to make his sexy victims suffer.
Hargitay acts pretty nuts in this flick and his out-there performance alone is worth the price of admission. The photography sessions are downright hilarious and there’s also a great, groovy score and some truly awful dubbing that add to the movie’s charm. It’s a little on the tame side (all the models are only naked from the back) and some of the plot contrivances will have you shaking your head in disbelief (even though their models are dropping like flies, the plucky photographers still keep taking photos), but goddamn it this flick is a lot of fun. Besides, any movie that goes by at least NINE alternate titles can’t be all that bad!
One doomed model gets the best line of the movie: “Can’t you see it’s a diabolical trap!”
AKA: A Tale of Torture. AKA: The Crimson Executioner. AKA: Some Virgins for the Hangman. AKA: The