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The Confessional (1976)
"House of Mortal Sin" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  March 1977 (USA)
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A troubled young girl goes to confession at the local church. Unfortunately, the sexually frustrated priest she confesses to becomes obsessed with her. At first, the priest stalks the girl,... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Sharp ...
Father Xavier Meldrum
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Jenny Welch
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Vanessa Welch
Norman Eshley ...
Father Bernard Cutler
Sheila Keith ...
Miss Brabazon
Hilda Barry ...
Mrs. Meldrum
Stewart Bevan ...
Terry Wyatt (as Stuart Bevan)
Julia McCarthy ...
Mrs. Davey
John Yule ...
Robert (as Jon Yule)
Bill Kerr ...
Mr. Davey
Victor Winding ...
Dr. Gaudio
Jack Allen ...
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Kim Butcher ...
Valerie Davey
Ivor Salter ...
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A troubled young girl goes to confession at the local church. Unfortunately, the sexually frustrated priest she confesses to becomes obsessed with her. At first, the priest stalks the girl, but later it is revealed that he will stop at nothing, including blackmail and murder, just to get close to her. Written by John Hilton

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Tortured by desires his vows forbid...master of a house of mortal sin!

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According to a book on Peter Walker by steve Chinball, Lee J Cobb and Richard Greene were on the ideas list for the lead See more »

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Stephanie Beacham can be seen to blink after her character (Vanessa Welch) has been strangled to death. See more »

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Vanessa Welch: You're a right little charmer, aren't you.
Terry: Get fucked!
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campy Brit horror flick
24 June 2014 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Well... Mortal Sin opens with a pretty gruesome scene. Young chick comes home crying... runs up to her room, reads the bible, and we're off on the adventure. Then our star "Jenny" (Susan Penhaligon) meets up with her old school buddy (Norman Eshley) who is now a priest. Lots of talking, drinking tea, confessions in the church, and of course, eerie, creepy music. Anthony Sharp is Father Xavier, and plays a large part in our story. Some of the scenes don't really make sense, but I guess you have to buy into it. Next thing you know, her school, priest friend is now shacking up with Jenny. Holy guacamole, batman! Lots of odd things and nasty things. Not for the young 'uns. An entertaining viewing, but SO predictable. All of it.

Recommended on the Frank Dicaro show (XM radio), this is one of the campy horror flicks which didn't start out to be that way. Written, directed, and produced by Peter Walker, British director. Acc to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Walker_(director) , he had made films that fell under various categories in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, frequently using the same cast of characters.


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