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Mark of the Devil (1969)

Cast: Herbert Lom, Herbert Lom, Olivera Vuco, more...
Director: Michael Armstrong, Michael Armstrong
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Blue Underground
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Supernatural/Occult, UK
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English
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Released as Mark of the Devil to U.S. theaters (accompanied by complimentary barf-bags for squeamish patrons with urpy tendencies), this gory torture-fest was produced in Germany under the title of Hexen bis aufs Blut Gequšlt (Witches Tortured Till They Bleed). The story is comprised of equal parts Ken Russell's The Devils and Michael Reeves' sardonic Witchfinder General (aka The Conqueror Worm). It involves the demented Count Cumberland (Herbert Lom), an Austrian nobleman who implements the witch-hunting policies of the Inquisition as a means of obtaining land, riches, and nubile young wenches -- particularly the lovely Vanessa (Olivera Vuco), who has been accused of heresy and witchcraft. Cumberland's accomplice in the torture and terror, Baron Christian Von Mem (Udo Kier), realizes too late that his mentor is the true evil stalking the land, not the terrified innocents whose "trials" are a mockery of justice. Christian is sacrificed to the enraged villagers during the inevitable revolt at the film's climax, while the Count makes a hasty escape -- thus enabling the birth of a sequel, Mark of the Devil Part 2. Both films were repackaged in the mid-70's and released in time to join the ranks of the European demon-possession subgenre (American release ads proudly proclaimed "Damn The Exorcist!"). The barf-bags were not entirely unjustified for this graphically sadistic exercise which assaulted audiences with explicit scenes of torture, including the removal of one poor victim's tongue. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

This DVD is currently out of print.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Ahead of it's time by mickeyd November 10, 2006 - 5:39 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I remember seeing this film for the first time in the early 70's. I was in my early teens and used a fake ID so I could see it. It was advertised as being rated V for violence. It was supposed to be so intense that air sickness bags were handed out to movie goers at the time. Not at the theater I saw it in ;however. Supposedly the most violent movie ever made (at the time). I thought it was pretty disgusting when I first saw it, but compared to today's slasher films, it's mild. Definately a classic among horror films. One of Udo Kier's first films I think. He seems to have been in every cheap vampire/horror film since. Worth a look just because of all the hype it produced when it was released.

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