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Mark of the Devil (1970)
"Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Horror  |  5 April 1972 (USA)
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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 strangling Reggie Nalder to death for... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Lord Cumberland
Count Christian von Meruh
Olivera Katarina ...
Vanessa Benedikt (as Olivera Vuco)
Reggie Nalder ...
Herbert Fux ...
Jeff Wilkens - Executioner
Johannes Buzalski ...
Michael Maien ...
Baron Daumer
Gaby Fuchs ...
Deidre von Bergenstein
Ingeborg Schöner ...
Nobleman's Wife
Adrian Hoven ...
Günter Clemens ...
Doris von Danwitz ...
Dorothea Carrera
Marlies Petersen
Bob Gerry


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 strangling Reggie Nalder to death for calling him impotent. Kier 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 big breasted women. Eventually, the townspeople revolt, Herbert Lom escapes but poor Udo is captured by the towns people. This film contains very strong graphic torture including a women's tongue being ripped out of her head,nuns being raped(in the opening credits), and lots of beatings. Written by Humberto Amador

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Positively the most horrifying film ever made. See more »


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Release Date:

5 April 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mark of the Devil  »

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After it was already censored for its theatrical release, since its video release in the 1980s until now (2008), this film is banned in Germany. See more »


At or about 12:47, the shadow of the camera and operator are visible as the camera makes its way through a crowd of villagers. See more »


Albino: [to an accused witch] I accuse you of having trampled on the cross, of having ridden to the Sabbath, of throwing the Holy Cross of our Saviour into manure so that the skies grew dark, and the rain fell upon the earth!
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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Eighteenth Century Torture Device Got Your Tongue?
28 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hadn't seen the British/German coproduction "Mark of the Devil" since its initial release in 1970, and could only recall one image from this now infamously violent film: an accused blonde witch having her tongue slowly pulled out. For us kids back then, this was enough to guarantee the picture an enduring rep. Having just watched the film again, almost 40 years later, I am now stunned that we kids were allowed to watch this movie in 1970 at all, featuring as it does not just that legendary tongue yank, but also whippings, burnings, a tar & feathering, thumbscrews, beatings, Chinese water torture, skewers, branding, a spiked chair, beheadings, an eyeball impalement, stretchings on the rack, and several rape sequences, all in fairly realistic detail, and all carried out in the name of the Church in the furtherance of exposing disciples of Satan. (No wonder free barf bags were famously given to all the film's theatre patrons back when!) Today, these exploitative shock elements strike me as being somewhat of a distasteful necessity, as the filmmakers are purportedly endeavoring to expose the cruelties of the age. Taking place in an unnamed locale in what seems to be the early 18th century, "Mark of the Devil" has lots more going for the adult horror fan than just these scenes of gruesome torture. Herbert Lom is quite excellent as Lord Cumberland, the impotent chief witch-hunter (the viewer must gather that if Viagra had been available 300 years ago, many hundreds of women might have been spared!), baby-faced Udo Kier very fine as his apprentice, and Olivera Vuco extremely sensuous as Vanessa, an accused hotty. The picture has been beautifully shot and handsomely produced and, perhaps best of all, features a gorgeous score by Michael Holm that will likely be running through your head for days afterward. This lovely melody is all the more striking, given the ugliness so often shown on screen. A nasty piece of Euro horror, to be sure, and most certainly not for the kiddies, the film is superbly presented here on this great-looking DVD from Blue Underground, loaded with so many extras as to make your tongue hang out....

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