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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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Gritty and gruesome...excellent! See more (66 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
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Armstrong  (as Sergio Casstner)
Adrian Hoven  (as Percy Parker)

Produced by
Adrian Hoven .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Holm 
 
Cinematography by
Ernst W. Kalinke 
 
Film Editing by
Siegrun Jäger 
 
Art Direction by
Max Mellin 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter Karsch (decorator)
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Grupp 
 
Makeup Department
Alena Hejdankoba .... makeup artist
Günter Kulier .... makeup artist (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)
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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:
Theaters playing this film gave free "barf bags" to the viewers.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:
Lord Cumberland:We must never weaken in performing God's work. For those who turn against our Saviour, no punishment is sufficient.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Gritty and gruesome...excellent!, 21 February 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Mark of the Devil is a German horror film from the 1970's. It stars Udo Kier and Herbert Lomm, features bucket loads of gore and more grisly torture sequences than you can shake a barb wired stick at. Adding to that is the fact that it tackles the subject of witch hunting and what you have is a film that has the title 'cult classic' written all over it! Michael Armstrong's film isn't the usual kind of witch hunting movie, however, as rather than portraying the witch hunting and torture sequences purely for the sake of horror, the film depicts the debauchery and hypocrisy of the witch hunts that took place around the time that this film is set. The fact that it takes that theme and mixes it with lots of gore makes the film all the better, as a film with just one or the other may have been either boring, or putridly pointless; but this film does both and therefore works on more than one level.

The torture sequences in the movie are some of the bloodiest and most cringe-worthy ever committed to the screen, and even I, a hardened gore fan, had to look away at numerous times. The violence is very realistic, which makes it all the more shocking and potent as it's easy to believe that the people you are watching having their tongues cut out really are having their tongues cut out. Mark of the Devil also features strong western undertones, which is always nice to see in a horror movie if you ask me. The music doesn't really do the movie any favours as it's rather silly and a foreboding score would have served the film better. The score that the film has only serves in undoing the tension in the scenes it features in. Udo Kier and Herbert Lomm have both cemented themselves as icons within the realms of the cult horror film and both do themselves proud in this movie. Of course, the amazingly awful dubbing brings the film down in every respect, so it's probably better if you can get your hands on a subtitled copy; but otherwise this is very much recommended viewing!

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