The film is separated into four segments with intertitles, based on Dante 's Divine Comedy: They recruit four teenage boys to act as guards dressed with uniforms of Decima Flottiglia MAS and four young soldiers called "studs", "cockmongers" or "fuckers" , who are chosen because of their large penises. They then kidnap nine young men and nine young women and take them to a palace near Marzabotto.
During the many days at the palace, the four men devise increasingly abhorrent tortures and humiliations for their own pleasure. During breakfast, the daughters enter the dining hall naked to serve food. One of the studs trips and rapes a daughter in front of the crowd, which laughs at her cries of pain. Intrigued, the President moons several slaves before prompting the stud to perform anal sex on him and the Duke sings 'Sul Ponte di perati'.
Signora Vaccari uses a mannequin to demonstrate to the young men and women how to properly masturbate a penis and one of the girls tries to escape, only to have her throat cut. Signora Vaccari continues with her story. Two victims, Sergio and Renata, are forced to marry. The ceremony is interrupted when the Duke fondles several victims and prostitutes. At the end, Sergio and Renata are forced to fondle each other and the men rape them to stop them from having sex with each other.
During this, the Magistrate engages with the Duke in three-way intercourse. Another day, the victims are forced to act like dogs. When one of the victims, Lamberto, refuses, the Magistrate whips him and tortures the President's daughter by tricking her into eating food containing nails.
As Signora Maggi tells her story, the President notices that one of the studs has an erection and fondles him; another stud uses a female victim's hand to masturbate himself. She also explains how she killed her mother over a dispute about her prostitution and Renata cries, remembering the murder of her own mother. The Duke, sexually excited at the sound of her cries, begins verbally abusing her.
The Duke orders the guards and studs to undress her. During this, she begs God for death and the Duke punishes her by defecating and forcing her to eat his feces. The President leaves to masturbate. Later, the other victims are presented with a meal of human feces. During a search for the victim with the most beautiful buttocks, Franco is picked and promised death in the future. The men angrily order the children to laugh, but they are too grief-stricken to do so.
The Pianist and Signora Vaccari tell jokes to make the victims laugh. The wedding ceremony ensues with each man of power exchanging rings with a stud. After the wedding, the Bishop consummates the marriage and receives anal sex from his stud.
The Bishop then leaves to examine the captives in their rooms, where they start systematically betraying each other: Claudio reveals that Graziella is hiding a photograph, Graziella reveals that Eva and Antiniska are having a secret sexual affair and Ezio, a collaborator and the black servant are shot dead after being found having sex, but not before Ezio makes a defiant Socialist salute.
Victim Umberto Chessari is appointed to replace Ezio. Toward the end, the remaining victims are called out to determine which of them will be punished. Graziella is spared due to her betrayal of Eva and Rino is spared due to his submissive relationship with the Duke.
Those who are called are given a blue ribbon and sentenced to a painful death. The victims huddle together and cry and pray in the bathroom. They are then raped, tortured and murdered through methods such as branding , hanging, scalping , burning and having their tongues and eyes cut out, as each libertine takes his turn to watch as a voyeur. The soldiers shake hands and bid each other farewell and the Pianist commits suicide due to her grief, leaping from a window.
The film's final shot is of two young soldiers, who had witnessed and collaborated in all the atrocities, dancing a simple waltz together; one asks the name of the other's girlfriend back at home. Cast[ edit ] Masters Paolo Bonacelli voiced by Giancarlo Vigorelli as The Duke ; tall, strongly built, bearded, chauvinistic and very sadistic; enjoys tormenting female victims with verbal abuse and degrading them, his favorite victims being Renata and Fatimah.
Shows loving feelings for the male victim Rino and allows him to live at the end. Writes down several victim's names for punishment. May have a soft spot for Graziella. Umberto Paolo Quintavalle voiced by Aurelio Roncaglia as The Magistrate; mustachioed sadomasochist ; fit and balding; enjoys bullying the victims, yet shows joy from being sodomized.
He enjoys dark and punning humor and painful penetration to himself and others. He is passionate about anal sex even when having sex with women and girls, refusing to have vaginal intercourse with them. Storytellers, Middle-age prostitutes Caterina Boratto as Signora Castelli; a prideful, cruel prostitute who jokes about horrible instances. Tells stories during the Circle of Blood. Elsa De Giorgi as Signora Maggi; a coprophiliac who finds no shame in defecating in front of others.
Committed matricide for a nobleman. Tells stories during the Circle of Shit. Tells stories during the Circle of Manias. Sonia Saviange as The Pianist; soft-spoken, she plays continuously during the day, but is secretly very distressed at the actions around her. Commits suicide during the final day. Soldiers or Studs Rinaldo Missaglia as Stud; like the Duke is strongly built, chauvinistic and very sadistic; enjoys tormenting female victims with verbal abuse and degrading them.
Giuseppe Patruno as Stud; the calmest of the studs. Guido Galletti as Stud; with bisexual tendencies and has relations with the Bishop. Efisio Etzi as Stud; most cruel and degenerate. Mistreats victims, especially women. Collaborators Claudio Troccoli as The Collaborator; a teenager but cruel guard and as depraved as the Masters.
Fabrizio Menichini as The Collaborator; another teenager and quiet soldier recruited at the beginning of the film. Like the Pianist is secretly very distressed at the actions around him. He is aware of his fate when he is found out and is shot to death while holding his fist in the air in a Socialist salute. Disobeyed orders by engaging in intercourse without the presence of the Masters.
Is shot after the Collaborator. Male victims Sergio Fascetti — Forced to marry, but kept from actual intercourse. He is then raped by the President. In the end, he is branded and killed. Bruno Musso — Carlo Porro; an outspoken boy who shows a foul mouth even to the Masters. One of the Magistrate's favorite victims of bullying. In the end, he is killed by having his left eye gouged out. Antonio Orlando — Tonino; killed by having his penis burned off.
Claudio Cicchetti — Confesses to the Bishop about Graziella's photograph, leading to a chain of revealed secrets. Killed in the end. Franco Merli — Prideful and youthful. Tricked into his position with a promise of sex with an attractive girl. Said to have the most beautiful buttocks.
Nearly killed midway through the film, but spared on a promise of a worse future death. He is killed at the end by having his tongue cut off. Lamberto Book — Lamberto Gobbi; he refuses to eat like dogs and is whipped by the Magistrate.
Also killed in the end. Gaspare di Jenno — Rino; a slightly masochistic homosexual and the Duke's favorite. He has sexual feelings for the Duke and is therefore the only victim who is not tortured during his time at the palace. In the end, he is spared death because of his submission. Female victims Giuliana Melis — Admired by the President because of her buttocks. Raped and killed at the end. Faridah Malik — Fatimah; a common victim of both the Duke's sexism and the Magistrate's bullying.
In the end, she is scalped. Graziella Aniceto — Graziella finds her time at the Palace unbearable and is calmed by Dorit and Eva, the latter of which she betrays. She is left alive at the film's end along with Rino. Renata Moar — Renata; a God-fearing and especially wide-eyed innocent. Forced into the palace just not long after witnessing the death of her mother. She is forced to marry Sergio before being raped by the Duke. When she hears that they killed her mother, she begs God for death. The Duke enjoys tormenting her and at one point forces her to consume his feces.
She is killed at the end by having her breasts burned. Benedetta Gaetani — Although she is not present in the blue ribbon ceremony, Benedetta is also killed in the massacre. Olga Andreis — Eva; a soft-spoken girl who is friends with Graziella and in love with Antiniska. Her fate is unknown.
Dorit Henke — Beautiful and rebellious; the most undisciplined of the girls. Antiniska Nemour — In a lesbian relationship with Eva.