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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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(as Sergio Casstner) , (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
Adrian Hoven ...
Nobleman
Günter Clemens ...
Friedrich
Doris von Danwitz ...
Elisabeth
Dorothea Carrera
Marlies Petersen
Bob Gerry
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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 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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Theaters playing this film gave free "barf bags" to the viewers. See more »

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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 »

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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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Excellent, period!
9 October 1999 | by (McDonough, GA) – See all my reviews

After such a plethera of fine independent films, we returned to a classic. Anchor Bay reissued Mark of the Devil (1970) aka Hexen bus aufs Blut geqialt, in all its splendid, uncut glory. And Widescreen to boot! The 90 minute film is basically a German docu-drama, depicting the stories of three people who are falsely accused of Witchcraft during the Inquisiton era. Hold onto your tongues, this film has some of the most gruesome torture scenes ever! The location of the film is breathtaking as is its lead character Vanessa. The movie combines tragedy with an ethereal 70's-type soundtrack, that really makes your buzz sink in. Leave it to the Europeans to pull off another terrifying classic.The remastering job is excellent on the Anchor Bay copy and we suggest you add it to your collection as soon as possible!


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