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Demons of the Mind (1972)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  May 1974 (USA)
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A physician discovers that two children are being kept virtually imprisoned in their house by their father. He investigates, and discovers a web of sex, incest and satanic possession.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Zorn
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Emil
Gillian Hills ...
Yvonne Mitchell ...
Hilda
Paul Jones ...
Carl Richter
Patrick Magee ...
Falkenberg
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Klaus (as Kenneth Warren)
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Priest
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Fischinger
Virginia Wetherell ...
Inge
Deirdre Costello ...
Magda
Barry Stanton ...
Ernst
Sidonie Bond ...
Zorn's Wife
Thomas Heathcote ...
Coachman
John Atkinson ...
1st Villager
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Baron Zorn keeps his teenaged children locked up and drugged, fearing that his insane wife passed along a congenital curse to them before her own suicidal death. Elizabeth escapes for a brief tryst with a local before being recaptured and subjected to a bleeding process to 'draw out the bad blood.' Emil keeps trying to escape, but is thwarted time and again by his aunt Hilda who runs the house like a prison. One reason the siblings have to be kept apart, is their incestuous attraction to each other. Local wenches are being murdered in the woods, and the superstitious peasants think demons are responsible. A wandering Priest dedicates himself to root out the evil, but isn't taken seriously. Arriving at the castle are two more interested parties: Mountebank scientist-huckster Falkenberg stands to make a small fortune if his strange apparatus can cure the children of their inherited evil. Young Carl simply wants to rescue Elizabeth. As more murders mount, Falkenberg enlists village lass ... Written by Leo

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They came to torture an agonised mind

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May 1974 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Robert Hardy replaced Eric Porter who withdrew from the movie to film Hands of the Ripper (1971) which was made simultaneously. See more »

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[to his daughter, Elizabeth]
Zorn: This is where you should be. Here... with us.
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It's about madness, I tell you!
17 June 2000 | by (South Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a "Hammer" film that I just finished watching on video. I'm not really a fan of Hammer films, although I'm sure I saw all of them while growing up in England, and this is probably one of the better ones. It's set in Bavaria, and is basically a story of how madness runs through a family, and also through the whole community. The film is largely very slow, and discordant, but it definitely does grab you near the end, leading up to a pretty eerie and weird climax. Weren't all the Hammer films like this?...


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