The Whip and the Body

The Whip and the Body

Available on AMC +, Shudder
This picture stirred quite a controversy when first released. Italy refused to have it shown within its borders, while just about every place else required that the shearing scissors go to work. It`s a horror flick that relies almost totally on eerie atmosphere, including the shady personalities of Kurt (Christopher Lee) and Nevenka (Daliah Lavi). Kurt is the son of wealthy Count Menliff (Gustavo De Nardo). The count forces Kurt to flee when a servant girl commits suicide after being seduced by the young man. When good son Christian (Tony Kendall) is about to marry Nevenka, he asks Kurt to return to the castle. Kurt immediately tries to seduce his brother's new wife, going so far as to whip her when he discovers her alone on the beach. After Kurt is murdered and several other bodies pop up, the locals suspect supernatural forces are at work, namely that Kurt has continued with his terrorizing even after death.
Starring Daliah Lavi, Christopher Lee, Tony Kendall
Director Mario Bava, John M. Old