La frusta e il corpo (The Whip and The Body)
La frusta e il corpo (The Whip and The Body) (1963)

Marred by controversy at the time of its release, this horror fantasy from Italy's legendary horror director Mario Bava centers on the twisted desires of a nobleman's son (Christopher Lee). Lee is ostracized by his father for his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 29, 1963
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fernando F. Croce

Mario Bava's erotic masterpiece

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Someone sent me this on tape. I may speak to them again one day.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Many Mario Bava fans consider this to be one of his best, and it's certainly a contender with its effectively stylish rendering of a pulpy ghost mystery.

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Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide

A fascinating comment on the illusive and fetishistic nature of reality.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The Whip and the Body is a gothic horror fantasy that finds Bava at the peak of his visual prowess.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Wow, this was a really cool movie. Lee is fantastically terrifying and sexy at the same time. The story is a spooky romance filled with murder and mystery.… More
Ken Stachnik
I don't really know what happened, but boy was it beautifully photographed and boy were the ladies smoking hot
Cassandra Maples
As I slowly get to watch more Mario Bava movies my enthusiasm for his extraordinary body of work grows and grows. I was already hooked after watching… More
Michael Gildea
If Roger Corman hired Mario Bava to do a ghost story this is what you'd end up with. It's creepy, beautiful and scary--namely the scene with… More
vieras esine
Gorgeous, so gorgeous. The score, the colours, the setting, the clothing. The haunting scenes were exquisitely beautiful. Oh, if only the woman hadn't been… More
Eric Broome
Under the name "John M. Old," Mario Bava directed this gothic melodrama of love, murder, sadomasochism and a ghost. The best reason to see "The… More