Cauldron of Blood

Cauldron of Blood

DVD - 2014
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In a clever twist on the sculptor/murderer theme of horror film history, the legendary Boris Karloff stars as blind artist Franz Badulescu, who creates startlingly lifelike statuses with the help of his vindictive wife, Viveca Lindfors (Creepshow). Jean-Pierre Aumont (Day for Night) co- stars as a jetsetting photographer who photographs the reclusive artist at his Spanish castle, and unearths the horrible secret at the core of Badulecu's haunting sculptures.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Olive Films, [2014]
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,Region 1
Alternative Title: Blind man's bluff


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Oct 12, 2015

Poor Boris appears to be about five minutes away from expiring in this turgid film, and it's likely he was. I've always wanted to see it, so I'm grateful the library splurged on a copy of this dvd. However, it's as far from good as is possible, and is just one more instance of European filmmakers exploiting the Karloff name to sell their cheap, awful product. Karloff appears for perhaps less than 10 minutes, and looks so infirm it's difficult to watch. The rest of the time is spent in pointless scenes of uninteresting characters running around and endless speculation, trying to piece together what's behind the disappearances of locals due to Boris' apparent penchant for living subjects to turn into his macabre "art." On the plus side, Olive films has found a very nice-looking color print, and the production values are not bad. But you can't overlook the overall horribleness of the film itself. Sigh. For Karloff completists only.


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