Slaughter Hotel

Production Year: 1971
Release Date: 12/09/2014
Studio: RARO VIDEO
Director: Fernando Di Leo





Straying far from the crime films he was best known for, Fernando Di Leo took a stab at the Horror genre.  What we get is more sleaze than shock.  In Slaughter Hotel a number a nubile psychotic females are housed together in a gothic castle-turned sanitarium.  Some are suicidal, some are homicidal, most of them just seem sex-crazed.  Unfortunately for the group, there's a psychotic killer on the loose with a sick fixation on spilling blood.

Keeping the ladies in check is Dr. Francis Clay (Klaus Kinski), per usual the actor does a solid job of creepin' up the scenery.  Helping Clay is a lesbian doctor, a sleazy gardener, and one Professor Osterman (John Karlsen).  The group along with a few cops struggle to track down the murderer but are unsuccessful as the killer is allowed to pick off more scantily clad ladies one by one.


I feel like my synopsis is a little on the dry side, but to be honest there's not a whole lot to this film, each shocking scene or slight twist is merely a gateway to more nudity and sexual antics, not to say that's a bad thing, but the director certainly has more competent and interesting films under his belt.  Fans of Slaughter Hotel will certainly be happy as this is a fairly long cut of the film and imports a few of the more graphic scenes that were left out of previous editions.  This disc isn't without it's faults however, an issue that I will further discuss in the PQ/AQ section of this review.



A number of people have had issues with past Raro Blu-rays due to the transfers not being up to snuff when compared to other company's exploitation releases.  With October's Werewolf Woman release I noted that things were definitely going in the right direction.  While the quality here isn't as nice as that particular release, it's still a big step above some of 2014's earlier releases.  The picture does have some grain, but there seems to be a hint of some noise reduction.  There's a nice natural amount of color found throughout the film, skin tones looks exceptionally realistic.  There are a few instances where the quality drops, likely due to the elements used.  Overall the quality here is moderate.


The audio is a different story however, presented with both English and Italian DTSHD 2.0 tracks, the English audio option needs a bit of love, Raro is certainly not at fault with this issue as it's merely a problem with the master used.  With the longer cut of the film we get a few sections of the film that's completely devoid of audio.  There's also a few moments where the audio repeats as if it's a bit off-sync.

Some have mentioned that there are past editions of the film that have this audio intact, it would have been nice had Raro utilized these sources in order the fix this error.  With that said, with the exception of the issues I mention the English track is a decent one.  The music and SFX never manage to drown out the dialogue and there's only a hint of any pops or hisses.


Lady Frankenstein's Memoirs (SD 18:27) - The first featurette is an interview with the actress Rosalba Neri, the topics discussed range from her work on genre films to some of the tougher shoots of her career.


Asylum of Fear (SD 14:24) - The next featurette on the disc is more Slaughter Hotel-centric, featuring interviews with Di Leo, the composer Silvano Spadaccino, Olivier Pere,
and actress Rosalba Neri.

Deleted Scenes (HD 02:01) - Raro managed to dig up two deleted scenes.  They don't add much to the over all story unfortunately, they're simply just extended sex scenes. 


Fans of skin and exploitation will be more than pleased with Raro's Slaughter Hotel release.  For those owners of the previous Media Blasters release there's enough of an upgrade in picture quality and content to warrant the purchase of this blu-ray.  If you're new to the director this isn't a very good starting point as Di Leo has a few other choice films out there (most of which have been released by Raro). 

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