Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel (1967)

West Germany, 1967
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.66:1
mono, German

A West German horror film directed by Harald Reinl.

Plot Summary

Count Regula is drawn and quartered for murdering twelve virgins in his dungeon torture chamber but returns from the grave to take his revenge by targeting the daughter of his intended thirteenth victim and the son of his prosecutor.


Director: Harald Reinl
© 1967 by Constantin Film GmbH
Producer: Erwin Gitt
Written by: Manfred R. Köhler
From Motifs by: Edgar Allan Poe
Director of Photography: Ernst W. Kalinke, Dieter Liphardt
Editor: Hermann Haller
Music: Peter Thomas
Sound: Hans-Joachim Richter
Costume Designer: Irms Pauli
Make-up: Erich L. Schunckel
Special Effects: Erwin Lange
Art Director: Gabriel Pellon

Lex Barker (Roger Mont Elise/Roger von Marienberg)
Karin Dor (Baroness Lilian von Brabant)
Christopher Lee (Count Frederic Regula/Graf von Andomai)
Karl Lange (Anatol)
Christiane Rücker (Babette)
Vladimir Medar (Pater Fabian)
Dieter Eppler (coachman)

Alternative Titles

The Blood Demon – Ireland, USA
Blood of the Virgins – Canada, USA (re-release)
Castle of the Walking Dead
I epanastasis ton vrykolakon – Greece
El foso de las serpientes – Mexico
La fosse aux serpents – Belgium
O Passado Tenebroso – Brazil
O Pyrgos ton zontanon nekron – Greece (video)
Sangue das Virgens – Brazil
Skräckens blodiga borg – Sweden
Skrækborgen – Denmark
The Snake Pit and the Pendulum
The Snake Pit
Tohtori Sadismin kauhukammio – Finland
El tormento de las 13 doncellas – Spain
Torture Chamber – USA (DVD)
The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism – USA
The Torture Room
La tredicesima vergine – Italy
Vampire – La malédiction du château d’Andomai – France
Le Vampire et le sang des vierges – France



  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.211 (April 1969) p.63 – review
  • Filmblätter no.46 (10 November 1967) p.16 (West Germany) – credits
  • Kine Weekly no.3242 (29 November 1969) p.19 (UK) – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.37 no.432 (January 1970) pp.16-17 (UK) – credits, review


  • The Christopher Lee Filmography by Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller pp.170-173
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.163, 174-76
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.42
  • Film Review 1970-71 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.216
  • The Films of Christopher Lee by Robert W. Pohle Jr and Douglas C. Hart pp.114-116
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena p.88
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1971 p.106
  • Lord of Misrule (new edition) by Christopher Lee pp.226, 227
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.40 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.68-69
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.222-223 – illustrated review (by Cranston McMillan)