Euro Cult Movie Forum => Horror => Topic started by: Andrew Monroe on 09 Apr 2008 - 13:04

Title: Byleth - Il demone dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Andrew Monroe on 09 Apr 2008 - 13:04
Here`s one that I`ve never heard of. A dvd from X-Rated Kult popped up at Xploited late last week - with 2 cover options. I hope to have it here in the next day or so, anyone here seen it? There`s an interesting review from one of the B Cult guys at the IMDb, that`s about all I`ve been able to discover. It certainly sounds nice and depraved - incestuous relationships and murders with a 3 point blade.

Note for Johan if he sees this, the cover linked here has a very similar image to the Sex Of The Witch poster I mentioned seeing in a magazine (I`ve looked everywhere for it online, no luck).

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/byleth-demone-dellincesto-cover-p-13720.html
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: fdsmedia on 09 Apr 2008 - 13:08
I will wait for a release without large hardbox.  :-*
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 09 Apr 2008 - 18:41
Got a copy coming in the next couple of weeks,hopefully it'll be as good as similar fare like LA NOTTE DEI DANNATI,DEVILS WEDDING NIGHT etc

Cool Italian poster that showed up on Ebay earlier.
(http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/3462/035vq9.jpg)
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Andrew Monroe on 09 Apr 2008 - 20:31
Love that poster Stephen. I actually received this dvd today, though I probably won`t give it a look till the weekend. Anyway, I pulled out that Ultra Violent issue that had a repro of a Sex Of The Witch poster and was able to compare this dvd cover w/it, and as Johan mentioned in that film`s thread, they definitely shared artwork. The "A" cover for Byleth is exactly the same as the Witch poster. Good call on that one Johan!
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Rogerio Ferraz on 09 Apr 2008 - 22:01
Hi Andrew,
Here´s the link to my post (including pics) about the "similarities" between the films' artwork:
http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?topic=1543.msg26795#msg26795 (http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?topic=1543.msg26795#msg26795)
 :P
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Andrew Monroe on 09 Apr 2008 - 22:15
Hi Andrew,
Here´s the link to my post (including pics) about the "similarities" between the films' artwork:
http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?topic=1543.msg26795#msg26795 (http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?topic=1543.msg26795#msg26795)
 :P

Cheers for that, Rogerio. I don`t know how I missed that thread. I assume the one piece from Sex Of The Witch is from your collection? I`m envious!  :P
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Rogerio Ferraz on 09 Apr 2008 - 22:32
Cheers for that, Rogerio. I don`t know how I missed that thread. I assume the one piece from Sex Of The Witch is from your collection? I`m envious!  :P
Ha! No need to be envious, Andrew! I got those pictures from the internet  ???
I´d love to own that locandina myself!  :(
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: ecc on 10 Apr 2008 - 04:27
The guy on the poster looks more like John Richardson than Mark Damon.

Got a copy coming in the next couple of weeks,hopefully it'll be as good as similar fare like LA NOTTE DEI DANNATI,DEVILS WEDDING NIGHT etc

Cool Italian poster that showed up on Ebay earlier.
(http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/3462/035vq9.jpg)
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 10 Apr 2008 - 09:47
The guy on the poster looks more like John Richardson than Mark Damon.
He does a bit doesn't he,be great if someone could get an interview with him as he's starred in some real genre favorites like Torso,Frankenstein 80,Canne mozze etc.I was reading an article in Cine 70 where it says he married actress Martine Beswick after they met on the set of ONE MILLION YEARS B.C,he's now retired from acting and living back in England.
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: ecc on 10 Apr 2008 - 14:51
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He does a bit doesn't he,be great if someone could get an interview with him as he's starred in some real genre favorites like Torso,Frankenstein 80,Canne mozze etc.I was reading an article in Cine 70 where it says he married actress Martine Beswick after they met on the set of ONE MILLION YEARS B.C,he's now retired from acting and living back in England.

I understand he was working as a photojournalist for a while after acting.
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Johan Melle on 12 Apr 2008 - 18:07
Meant to reply to this thread earlier but I've been really busy the past two weeks. Anyway, I've already ordered this DVD and can hardly wait for it to arrive.

Cool Italian poster that showed up on Ebay earlier.
(http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/3462/035vq9.jpg)

Not only does that guy look like John Richardson but the woman in the poster is NOT Claudia Gravy but Carroll Baker! It's from THE DEVIL WITH SEVEN FACES:

(http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/9010/devilwithsevenfacesgz8.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


I think it was fairly common to re-use artwork from other films or at least parts of it. We could probably make a separate thread on the subject!  :'(
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: ecc on 12 Apr 2008 - 18:13
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I think it was fairly common to re-use artwork from other films or at least parts of it. We could probably make a separate thread on the subject! 

Its likely the artists didn't actually see the films they did posters for.
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Johan Melle on 12 Apr 2008 - 18:19
Yeah, probably. That image of Carroll Baker is from a scene in the actual film, though.
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Johan Melle on 17 Apr 2008 - 21:06
Sat down and watched BYLETH today and I quite liked it. Strange and atmospheric little horror film that looks lovely and has a great score. The mood is wonderful right up till the climax, which, unfortunately, is a big letdown. Still a cool little film, though. Mark Damon did an OK job but I was more impressed by the beautiful Claudia Gravy in the female lead.

The X-Rated DVD is non-anamorphic but generally looks quite good. Here are a couple of screenshots:

(http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/7374/byleth1mh4.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/7789/byleth2pu7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/1872/byleth3fp2.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/8012/byleth4lk9.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/3769/byleth5nt7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/1258/byleth6gf2.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


The disc isn't without problems, though. You get the option of watching in German or Italian language with English subs but they obviously couldn't get the complete Italian soundtrack since it switches over to German a couple of times (mainly in the first ten minutes).

And as usual, X-Rated's English subs contain several clumsy and unintentionally funny translations. The most hilarious ones are these:

"He took away the boody from the scene of the crime"

"It was the day of the prositution's murder"

"Shut up your mouth"

But overall, it's worth watching. Especially if you like this type of film.
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 17 Apr 2008 - 21:33
Sounds like a must buy DVD, picture quality looks great looking at those grabs.

Those hairy armpits put me right off that bird though!  :-*

(http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/3769/byleth5nt7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Johan Melle on 17 Apr 2008 - 22:37
Yeah, I know what you mean! But I'm hoping it was in order to make the film's period piece more convincing cause I've never seen Marzia Damon with hairy armpits in other films!  ;D
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Jonny on 17 Apr 2008 - 22:40
Yeah, I know what you mean! But I'm hoping it was in order to make the film's period piece more convincing cause I've never seen Marzia Damon with hairy armpits in other films!  ;D

Great answer Johan!  ;)
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 17 Apr 2008 - 22:47
Sounds like a must buy DVD, picture quality looks great looking at those grabs.

Those hairy armpits put me right off that bird though!  :-*

(http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/3769/byleth5nt7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
i'm stoned, squint your eyes and her arm pit looks like a ladies bits...

it was because when the page opened the top of the pic wasn't in the screen because i scrolled straight to the bottom :-\
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 23 Jul 2008 - 10:13
Strange and atmospheric little horror film that looks lovely and has a great score. The mood is wonderful right up till the climax, which, unfortunately, is a big letdown.
I thought it was very similar in style and mood to Sergio Garrone's LE AMANTI DEL MOSTRO and LE MANO CHE NUTRE LA MORTE though obviously this was made a couple of years earlier,wonder if Garrone saw it and picked up a few ideas?
Very enjoyable though and totally agree about the abrupt ending which could have been done so much better,felt like a bit of a rush job and let down an otherwise excellent little obscurity.
Btw any idea who played the priest Johan,noticed this actor in loads of stuff over the years but can't put a name to him?
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Johan Melle on 23 Jul 2008 - 13:14
I think DEATH SMILES AT MURDER may also have been inspired by this film - mainly the incesctous feeling between brother and sister. The scene where the siblings are acting all playful out in the woods foreshadows similar imagery in DEATH SMILES.

The guy who plays the priest is Antonio Anelli, who is otherwise best known for playing Father Herbert in WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? Anelli had a couple of credited parts but spent most of his career as an uncredited bit part actor - sometimes just appearing in the background. He was also a journalist in WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTER?, the police inspector who talks to Rosemarie Lindt at the morgue in EMANUELLE'S REVENGE, one of the guests at the Venetian party in EMANUELLE IN AMERICA and numerous others. He also acted in photo novels.

(http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/3960/bylethantonioanellibn1.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Byleth - Il Demone Dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 23 Jul 2008 - 13:24
the police inspector who talks to Rosemarie Lindt at the morgue in EMANUELLE'S REVENGE,
Ahh that's where i know him from,thanks Johan  :P
Title: Re: Byleth - Il demone dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Michael Blanton on 17 Aug 2008 - 04:25
Watched this film a few nights ago.  Very enjoyable, but in this day and age, you'd expect a 16x9 DVD - even folks here are releasing 16x9 Fansubs/dubs - or at least put the subs on the image, not below :-[ , so you can zoom the image on a HD TV and still read the subs.   
Title: Re: Byleth - Il demone dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 17 Aug 2008 - 16:13
The fact this rarity has even been released is a miracle in itself,spent years looking for a copy without success so they can be forgiven them for a couple of small mistakes especially looking as good as it does and with English subs (almost sure there was never an English dub prepared).
Title: Re: Byleth - Il demone dell'incesto (Leopoldo Savona, 1972)
Post by: Johan Melle on 19 Aug 2008 - 15:46
From what I have been told, an English dub does exist but doesn't seem to have surfaced on tape anywhere.

I really appreciate the German DVD inspite of its flaws. I still find it quite odd, however, that several portions of the Italian soundtrack is missing. Is it possible that this German version is a longer/alternate cut? I'd be interesting to compare the old Italian tape release to the German DVD and check for possible differences...