Berlin, 1945: As bombs drop, the sickly Baroness von Rhomberg struggles through a difficult labor, assisted only by servant Greta. The baron (Jean Servais), a Nazi officer, and his right hand man Hans, nervously await the arrival of the child. The Baroness dies in childbirth, but the Baron's only concern is the baby's sex. Is it a boy? When he learns that the infant is a girl, the Baron murders her.
Flash forward to the present: A perky journalist interviews the Baron, then defies his orders that she not photograph his magnificent ancestral castle. She is frightened to death in the nearby woods, her arm marked with a strange scar, like a stylized lobster claw. Later, a busload of tourists lose their way on the road, and a forbidding figure (Daniel Emilfork) directs them to the Von Rhomberg castle, saying that the Baron sometimes takes in paying guests. The baron's butler, Hans, shows them all to their rooms, recounting tales of violence and murder from the castle's past. In addition to the tour leader, Mr. Ducasse, the group includes an unhappy married couple, Nancy and Howard Foster; a handsome young seminary student, Alvin Sorrell; a cranky old atheist, Mr. Mason; and two pretty young women, blond Regine and brunette Corinne. Finally, as a storm pelts the countryside with rain, another stray, Lisa Miller (Erika Blanc), turns up at the door and takes the last available room. Over dinner, the travelers learn that a Von Rhomberg ancestor is said to have sold his soul to the Devil. His action cursed the family, and the Devil decreed that the eldest girl in each generation would become an evil succubus, dedicated to helping him gather souls. The guests pooh-pooh the tale, but weird things begin happening: Books fly off shelves, the front door can't be opened, blood seeps through the ceiling into Corinne and Regine's room and the attic proves to be full of torture devices. As the long night wears on, Lisa shows her true colors: She is Satan's minion, tempting each of the guests to sin according to his or her weakness — greed, lustfulness, pride — and then sending them to their deaths. Handsomely shot and featuring the crooning vocals of one-named "Giulia," this modern-day Gothic tale is distinguished by the handsome presence of red-headed beauty Erika Blanc, whose slinky, belly-baring wardrobe is truly bewitching.
Cast & Details
- Released: 1971
- Rating: NR
- Review: Berlin, 1945: As bombs drop, the sickly Baroness von Rhomberg struggles through a difficult labor, assisted only by servant Greta. The baron (Jean Servais), a Nazi officer, and his right hand man Hans, nervously await the arrival of the child. The Baroness… (more)