The Bloody Judge
Directed byJesús Franco
Screenplay by
Produced byHarry Alan Towers[1]
CinematographyManuel Merino[1]
Edited by
  • Gertrud Petermann
  • Maria Luisa Soriano
  • Derek Parsons[1]
Music byBruno Nicolai[1]
Release dates
  • 5 February 1970 (1970-02-05) (Italy)
  • 5 June 1970 (1970-06-05) (West Germany)
  • 20 April 1971 (1971-04-20) (Spain)
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • West Germany[1]

The Bloody Judge is a 1970 horror film directed by Jesús Franco and written by Enrico Colombo, Jesús Franco, Michael Haller, and Anthony Scott Veitch. The film stars Christopher Lee, Maria Schell, Leo Genn, Hans Hass Jr., Maria Rohm and Margaret Lee. The film was released in Italy on February 5, 1970.[2]



This film is loosely based on the story of Judge Jeffries, the Lord Chief Justice of seventeenth-century England, who, in this film, condemned women as witches to further his political and sexual needs.





According to Harry Alan Towers' biographer Dave Mann, the collaborations between director Jesús Franco and Towers were fraught with difficulties.[3] Franco explained that Towers liked doing co-productions with others and that the film was going to be an Anglo-American-German-Spanish-French-Italian co-production.[4] This led to many changes to suit producers in each country's needs, with Franco recalling that the film was at first a horror film with a historical backdrop, then more of a historical film with a background of inquisition, then primarily about the inquisition, then an erotic film.[4]



The Bloody Judge was released in Italy on 5 February 1970.[5] It was later released in West Germany on 5 June 1970.[1] The film was released in Spain on 20 April 1971 as Proceso de las Brujas.[6] The film had 688,928 admissions in Spain.[6] In 1972 the film was released in the US as Night of the Blood Monster.

It was released on DVD in the UK by Salvation Films in 1999.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Der Hexentöter von Blackmoor" (in German). Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. ^ Robert Firsching. "The Bloody Judge (1969) – Jesús Franco". AllMovie. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. ^ Mann 2014, p. 86.
  4. ^ a b Mann 2014, p. 87.
  5. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Bloody Judge". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Proceso de las Brujas" (in Spanish). ICAA Film Database. Retrieved 24 December 2019.