One of Bava's absolute best. Gorgeously photographed, excellently acted by Lee and the divinely beautiful Lavi, and just serious enough to render it's theme of a mutual, but destructive sadomasochistic romance still disturbing more than 50 years on.
You wouldn't think that a giallo film in which Christopher Lee plays a sadist who comes back from the dead to whip his mistress would be boring, but it is. An unexpectedly tame Brontëan-Sadean mess with unbearable dubbing and an exposition-heavy script.
The whole story takes place in a beautiful, stylish and romantic goth setting. However it does not reach anything convincing as tthe rhythm is really boring, it also lacks of real atmosphere. A bizarre Sade inspired motif mixed with a ghost story. Weak despite an interesting cast. Bava has better to offer in his long career.