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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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Writers:
Michael Armstrong (original story and screenplay) &
Adrian Hoven (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 April 1972 (USA) See more »
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Positively the most horrifying film ever made. See more »
Plot:
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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Eighteenth Century Torture Device Got Your Tongue? See more (67 total) »

Cast

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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 Hejdankoba .... make up
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
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min | Norway:90 min | USA:90 min | Germany:87 min (cut version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
The U.S. distributors of this film advertised it as "guaranteed to make you sick" and backed it up with thousands of vomit bags advertising the film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
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 American Grindhouse (2010)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Eighteenth Century Torture Device Got Your Tongue?, 28 April 2009
Author: ferbs54 from United States

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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