Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery
A tourist spends the night in a derelict Spanish villa seemingly held in the supernatural grip of an eccentric butler, who resembles a depiction of the Devil she had seen on an ancient fresco.
The large four-post bed in Leandro's room was also used in two previous Bava films before this; first it appeared in the 'Telephone' segment of Bava's Black Sabbath (1963) and then again as Stephen Forsyth's bed in Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970).
I prefer ghosts to vampires, though. They're so much more human; they have a tradition to live up to. Somehow they manage to keep all the horror in without spilling any blood.
The 90-minute Spanish version has an extended, gorier version of Sylva Koscina's death scene. However, the two sex scenes are severely re-edited and significant part of the ending is cut out.