La campana del infierno (1973)

France, /Spain (“a Spanish-French coproduction”),
93m (USA), 106m
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, Spanish

A Spanish horror film directed by Claudio Guerín Hill who died during production when he fell from a bell tower. The film was completed, uncredited, by Juan Antonio Bardem.

Plot Summary

A young man is released from an asylum and sets out to get on his aunt and three cousins who had him incarcerated so they could steal his inheritance.


* = uncredited

Direction: Claudio Guerín Hill, Juan Antonio Bardem *
© 1974. Les films de la Boétie
Hesperia Films S.A. Madrid and Les Films de la Boétie Paris
Production: Claudio Guerín Hill
Screenplay and Adaptation: Santiago Moncada
Photography: Manuel Rojas
Editing: Magdalena Pulido
Music: Adolfo Waitzman
Sound Effects: Luis Castro
Costume Designer: Maiqui Marín
Make Up: Julián Ruiz
Hair Stylist: Vicenta Palmero
Special Effects: Baquero
Art Director: Eduardo Torre de la Fuente

Renaud Verley (Juan (John in English version))
Viveca Lindfors (Marta)
Alfredo Mayo (Don Pedro)
Maribel Martín (Esther)
Nuria Gimeno (Teresa)
Christine Betzner (MarÍa)
Saturno Cerra
Nicole Vesperini
Erasmo Pascual (priest)
Antonio Puga
Juan Cazalilla
Tito García
Rosetta Vellisca
Ángel Blanco
Susana Latour

Alternative Titles

A due passi dall'inferno – Italian title
A Bell from Hell
The Bell of Hell
La cloche de l'enfer
– French title
Os Sinos do Inferno
– Portuguese title
Ein Toter lacht als letzter
– West German title


Cineinforme no.186 (November 1973) p.22-23 – review
Cinema TV Today no.10077 (6 April 1974) p.15 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.41 no.484 (May 1974) – credits, synopsis, review
Variety 26 September 1973 p.18 – credits, review

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.271
Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.39 – credits, review
Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.288-90
Film Review 1974-75 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.196-187
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.28 – credits
Sex, Sadism, Spain and Cinema by Nicholas G. Schlegel pp.148-151 – illustrated essay