My take: This is a standard Italian gothic. Only see this one if you love others from this subgenre.

Rating: 2 out of 4 stars

In Baron Blood, Peter Kleist returns to his family’s ancestral castle. He has found a piece of parchment which claims to hold the key to awakening Peter’s ancestor, Baron Otto von Kleist. The Baron earned the nickname Baron Blood due to his sadistic, murderous ways in the 16th century.

So, Peter finds a cute girl (as always seems to happen in horror films) and they sneak into the castle to awaken Baron Blood.

Hubris. Pure hubris. And it goes about as well as you could expect.

Baron Blood

The poster for Baron Blood is excellent. The movie is just okay.

This movie is a fairly standard Italian gothic tale, and it is a bit more predicable than others I have seen (such as Devil’s Nightmare). It has all of the tropes you expect in an Italian gothic horror (castle, hot chick, torture chamber, etc.), but none of the fun, unexpected elements.

As a result, I would only recommend this to serious fans of gothic horror films. Otherwise, I would recommend that you skip this one in favor of a Hammer film or a Barbara Steele picture.

I found the movie on Netflix’s instant watch. Here’s the trailer on YouTube: