Raro Video and Kino Lorber announce the Blu-ray release of Revenge of the Blood Beast, an Italian EuroHorror cult classic starring genre icon Barbara Steele as a witch who is reawakened from her grave and takes revenge on the descendants of the those who had executed her centuries ago.
Revenge of the Blood Beast is now available on Blu-ray, with a SRP of $29.95, in a new HD transfer with new and improved English subtitle translation. Special features include the featurette, “A Bloody Journey to Italy”, by Nocturno (featuring an interview with star Barbara Steele), and a fully illustrated booklet about the film.
A tale of demonic reincarnation reminiscent of Mario Bava’s Black Sunday, Revenge of the Blood Beast [Il lago di Satana, aka The She Beast] stars Barbara Steele as Veronica, a British tourist who is stranded in a remote village with her husband Philip (Ian Ogilvy) while honeymooning in Transylvania. They meet a descendant of legendary vampire-hunter Count von Helsing (John Karlsen), who reveals that the town is haunted by a satanic curse. A mysterious car accident plunges Veronica into a nearby lake, but when her body is removed, it resembles that of the legendary “Witch of the Lake”. Reawakened from her slumber, the blister-faced hag, armed with sickle and claws, rises from the makeshift morgue and unleashes her vengeance upon the descendants of those who executed her centuries earlier. While the bumbling Soviet authorities stumble over themselves to solve the murders, Philip joins forces with von Helsing to capture the witch and put and end to the dreadful curse. Director Michael Reeves (Witchfinder General) mixes gruesome thrills with dark comedy (courtesy of character actor Mel Welles as a devious hotel owner), to make Revenge of the Blood Beast an especially playful entry in the Euro Horror genre.