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Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält
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Mark of the Devil (1970) More at IMDbPro »Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält (original title)

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Mark of the Devil -- Udo Kier is a witch hunter apprentice to Herbert Lom. Udo believes strongly in his mentor and in the ways of the church but loses faith when he catches Lom strangle a man 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 seduce women, rob people of their land, money, and other personal belongings. In the end, the towns people revolt, Herbert Lom escapes and poor Udo is tortured to death by the towns people with the his own devices from the dungeon.
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Michael Armstrong (original story and screenplay) &
Adrian Hoven (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 April 1972 (USA) See more »
Banned In Many Countries See more »
Udo Kier is a witch hunter apprentice to Herbert Lom. He believes strongly in his mentor and the ways... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Herbert Lom ... Lord Cumberland

Udo Kier ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Percy Hoven ... Blond Child (uncredited)
Friedrich Schoenfelder ... Narrator (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Armstrong 
Adrian Hoven (uncredited)
Writing credits
Michael Armstrong (original story and screenplay) (as Sergio Casstner) &
Adrian Hoven (original story and screenplay) (as Percy Parker)

Produced by
Adrian Hoven .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Holm 
Cinematography by
Ernst W. Kalinke (photography)
Film Editing by
Siegrun Jäger 
Art Direction by
Max Mellin 
Set Decoration by
Walter Karsch (decorator)
Costume Design by
Barbara Grupp (costumes)
Makeup Department
Alena Hejdánková .... make up (as Alena Hejdankova)
Günter Kulier .... make up (as Gunther Kulier)
Production Management
Gerhard Motel .... production manager
Heinz Scheloks .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wigbert Wicker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hans-Dieter Schwarz .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Georg .... assistant camera
Joachim Gitt .... assistant camera
Other crew
Gerhard Cepe .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält" - West Germany (original title)
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97 min (uncut version) | Norway:90 min | USA:90 min | Germany:87 min (cut version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:(Banned) (original rating) | Australia:R (re-rating) (uncut) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Germany:(Banned) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:18 (cut) | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

Anton Diffring was briefly considered for the role of Albino before Reggie Nalder was cast. Interestingly both Diffring and Nalder would go on to the star in the semi-sequel Mark of the Devil Part II (1973).See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)See more »


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40 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
The bloody and inhumanly cruel hunt for witchery!, 2 March 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Bloody hell!!! I tell you, I'm used to seeing rough and cruel horror films but I assure you this one is really hard to watch at times! You can either take that as a recommendation or as a warning! Mark of the Devil portrays the rites of witchfinding near Austria/ Germany in the 17th century. Honorable men who're satisfying their own bloody and perverted lusts by killing young women in the name of God Himself. This film shows a lot of resemblance to the British classic starring Vincent Price – The Witchfinder General – only it's a lot more explicit and raw…in other words: a lot more `exploitation'-like! Mark of the Devil contains multiple sequences in which girls are severely tortured, mutilated and eventually killed! It may be disgusting at times, but it's a very realistic portrayal of the absurdity and horror that actually took place once. The arrogance and naiveté of the Catholic Church is terrifically presented through the performances of Herbert Lom (Lord Cumberland) and Reggie Nalder (Albino) who still their appetite for terror by abusing God's name. Potential viewers who're interested in medieval torture-techniques will have the time of their lives while watching this film! The whip plays a leading role in this film, along with other bizarre methods such as burnings, the ripping of tongues and fingernails, stretching people… and a truly horrific ritual that involves freezing cold drops of water.

The scenery and used locations are magnificent and the guiding music is absolutely brilliant. Mark of the Devil really belongs to the greatest films ever made in the category of European ‘nasty' exploitation. The film can even count on a solid cast including a very young Udo Kier! Here, he is at the very beginning of a rich career that is still growing to be more impressive. It's a thrill to see a film featuring this living Cult-cinema legend at young and promising age. Udo Kier plays Herbert Lom's pupil, a very devoted witchfinder-to-be…. devoted that is, until he falls head over heals in love with a beauty who's accused of witchery! Mark of the Devil also stars a couple of ravishing girls (you'll learn that presumed witches are a damn good-looking species) that definitely live up to the Hammer beauties around that same time. Whatever you do…don't let the bad reviews scare you off! Mark of the Devil isn't nearly as bad as they say…Just because some people can't handle a share amount of graphic violence doesn't mean the film is awful.

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