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Mark of the Devil (1970)

Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält (original title)
Udo Kier is a witch hunter apprentice to Herbert Lom. He believes strongly in his mentor and the ways of the church but loses faith when he catches Lom committing a crime. Kier slowly ... See full summary »

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, (uncredited)

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(original story and screenplay) (as Sergio Casstner), (original story and screenplay) (as Percy Parker)
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Lord Cumberland
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Count Christian von Meruh
Olivera Katarina ...
Vanessa Benedikt (as Olivera Vuco)
Reggie Nalder ...
Albino
Herbert Fux ...
Jeff Wilkens - Executioner
Johannes Buzalski ...
Advocato
Michael Maien ...
Baron Daumer
Gaby Fuchs ...
Deidre von Bergenstein
Ingeborg Schöner ...
Nobleman's Wife
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Walter - the Nobleman
Günter Clemens ...
Friedrich
Doris von Danwitz ...
Elisabeth
Dorothea Carrera ...
Young Lover
Marlies Petersen
Bob Gerry
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Storyline

Udo Kier is a witch hunter apprentice to Herbert Lom. He believes strongly in his mentor and the ways of the church but loses faith when he catches Lom committing a crime. Kier slowly begins to see for himself that the witch trials are nothing but a scam of the church to rob people of their land, money, and other personal belongings of value and seduce beautiful women. Written by Humberto Amador

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Positively the most horrifying film ever made. See more »


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5 April 1972 (USA)  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Electric Wizard, a doom metal band form Dorset, England, used multiple samples from this film for its seminal "Dopethrone" record, released in 2000. The band also dedicated the song "I, The Witchfinder" to the movie, telling the story of an evil witchfinder falsely accusing people of witchcraft. See more »

Goofs

In the street scene 12 minutes in, a 20th Century traffic sign is visible, which the film makers have tried to hide by covering in a basket and having someone sat in front of it in a large cloak. See more »

Quotes

Lord Cumberland: We must never weaken in performing God's work. For those who turn against our Saviour, no punishment is sufficient.
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Referenced in The Zombie Horror Picture Show (2014) See more »

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Excellent look at witchfinding. Gory and effective entertainment.
30 March 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm a bit puzzled by the amount of negative comments for 'Mark Of The Devil'. To me it was a very effective and entertaining drama (not horror) with a witchcraft theme. Similar in many ways to Jess Franco's 'The Bloody Judge', a movie which generally has a better reputation for some reason. 'Mark Of The Devil' is a much more satisfying movie. Also gorier and with a stronger cast (veteran Herbert Lom, living legend Udo Kier, and Franco semi-regular Adrian Hoven). Forget the naysayers, this is flawed, true, but highly recommended to fans of Mario Bava and Hammer horror.


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