The Bloody Judge (film)

The Bloody Judge is a 1970 horror film directed by Jesús Franco and written by Enrico Colombo, Jesús Franco, Michael Haller and Anthony Scott Veitch. The film stars Christopher Lee, Maria Schell, Leo Genn, Hans Hass Jr., Maria Rohm and Margaret Lee. The film was released in Italy on February 5, 1970.[2]

The Bloody Judge
Directed byJesús Franco
Produced byHarry Alan Towers[1]
Screenplay by
  • Jesús Franco
  • Colombo Enrico
  • Michael Haller[1]
Music byBruno Nicolai[1]
CinematographyManuel Merino[1]
Edited by
  • Gertrud Petermann
  • Maria Luisa Soriano
  • Derek Parsons[1]
Release date
  • 5 February 1970 (1970-02-05) (Italy)
  • 5 June 1970 (1970-06-05) (West Germany)
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • West Germany[1]




According to Harry Alan Towers biographer Dave Mann, the collaborations between director Jesús Franco and Towers were ..fraught with difficulties..[3] Franco explained that Towers liked doing co-productions with others and that the film was going to be an Anglo-American-German-Spanish-French-Italian co-production.[4] This led to many changes to suit producers in each countries needs, with Franco recalling that the film was at first a horror film with a historical backdrop, then more of a historical film with a background of inquisition, then primarily about the inquisition, then an erotic film.[4]


The Bloody Judge was released in Italy on 5 February 1970.[5] It was later released in West Germany on 5 June 1970.[1]


  1. "Der Hexentöter von Blackmoor" (in German). Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  2. Robert Firsching. "The Bloody Judge (1969) – Jesús Franco". AllMovie. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  3. Mann 2014, p. 86.
  4. Mann 2014, p. 87.
  5. Firsching, Robert. "Bloody Judge". AllMovie. Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2018.


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