The Whip and the Body 07/11/23

88 Films
Region B Blu-ray

Are doors opening for the remaining hold-outs in classic Eurohorror? ¬†All-Region fans can rejoice at the availability of Mario Bava’s La frusta e il corpo in a Blu-ray encoding that finally reflects il maestro’s fine color lighting design. Christopher Lee puts in a stellar appearance and the sleek & expressive Daliah Lavi brings a keen sensitivity to the ‘Barbara Steele’ role. Following more from The Innocents than Hammer gore or Roger Corman Poe delirium, Bava brings forth some of his most sophisticated direction. Ernesto Gastaldi’s core Gothic has a decidedly adult foundation: sadomasochism is ‘all in the family.’ On Region B Blu-ray from 88 Films.