The Whip and the Body

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The Whip and the Body
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Directed by Mario Bava
Produced by Ferdinando Baldi (as Free Baldwin)
Federico Magnaghi (as Tom Rhodes)
Elio Scardamaglia (as John Oscar)
Written by Ernesto Gastaldi (as Julian Berry)
Ugo Guerra (as Robert Hugo)
Luciano Martino (as Martin Hardy)
Starring Daliah Lavi
Christopher Lee
Tony Kendall
Ida Galli (as Isli Oberon)
Harriet Medin
Music by Carlo Rustichelli (as Jim Murphy)
Cinematography Ubaldo Terzano (as David Hamilton)Mario Bava (uncredited)
Edited by Renato Cinquini (as Rob King)
Leone Film
Release dates 29 August 1963
Running time 91 min. (Italy)
85 min. (France)
Country Italy
Language Italian
Budget $66,500 (estimated)
Box office ITL 72,000,000 (Italy)

The Whip and the Body (Italian: La frusta e il corpo; UK title: Night is the Phantom) is a 1963 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava.


The story concerns a cruel, domineering man (Christopher Lee) who returns to his castle home and resumes his sado-masochistic relationship with his sister-in-law (Daliah Lavi) whom he vigorously flogs. Soon he is murdered, but his ghost returns and the beatings continue.


The film was shot for about $66.000 in Lazio and Rome.All of Christopher Lee's dialog was dubbed by another actor.[1]


Alternate titles include The Way of the Body and Son of Satan. A shorter version entitled What! was released in the United States.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The film is well received by contemporary critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes it has a 71% approval rating, based on seven reviews, and is certified "fresh".[3]

Film critic Leonard Maltin cites this film as "perhaps horror maestro Bava's best film, moody, beautiful and deceptively simple."[citation needed]


  • Hughes, Howard (2011). Cinema Italiano - The Complete Guide From Classics To Cult. London - New York: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-608-0. 


  1. ^ Hughes, p.81
  2. ^ "Release dates for The Whip and the Flesh". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "La frusta e il corpo (The Whip and The Body) (1963)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 

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