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Complete credited cast:
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Neal Mottram
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Dolly Newman
Julie Ege ...
Helena
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Aunt Louise Nash
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Solicitor
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Supt. Bellamy
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Detective Sgt. Wall
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Sally
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Ronnie
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Detective Constable Russet
David Warbeck ...
Detective Wilson
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Muriel Sharp
Marianne Stone ...
Jane - Barmaid
Dean Harris ...
Ronnie's Friend
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Venicia Day ...
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Jack Palance plays as a demented art dealer & antique-shop owner who performs nightly rituals in honor of the African god Chuku, whom he believes will reward him with unimaginable wealth and power if he merely offers up human sacrifice. His methods are fairly creative, ranging from impalement, slashing and burning, to scaring people to death with an ooga-booga fright mask. Written by Ørnås

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June 1974 (USA)  »

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such was the uncompromising nudity and violence
5 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had heard not too good reports of this and with particular reference to 'dark scenes' and poor prints. Well, glad to say, nothing wrong with my bright and colourful print and cannot imagine what scenes had seemed so dark to some. This starts very well and I had to pinch myself to convince that this was a 70s British film, such was the uncompromising nudity and violence. Indeed it carries on in this vein, with Jack Palance turning in a rather effective and restrained performance. Things are fine till about halfway and while all the sacrifices to Chuku have thus far been in house as it were, we now go on the most convoluted exercise to achieve killing and alibi. Quite ridiculous. Had probably been okay in the original book but clearly film doesn't have to be so slavish. Still, we get back on track and all ends fairly well with Palance at last letting go and show his truly demented side. Julie Ege, Suzy Kendall and Diana Dors all put in an appearance but only the latter to particularly good effect.


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