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The Confessional (1976)

House of Mortal Sin (original title)
R | | Horror | March 1977 (USA)
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

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Father Xavier Meldrum
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Jenny Welch
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Vanessa Welch
Norman Eshley ...
Father Bernard Cutler
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Miss Brabazon
Hilda Barry ...
Mrs. Meldrum
Stewart Bevan ...
Terry Wyatt (as Stuart Bevan)
Julia McCarthy ...
Mrs. Davey
John Yule ...
Robert (as Jon Yule)
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Mr. Davey
Victor Winding ...
Dr. Gaudio
Jack Allen ...
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Kim Butcher ...
Valerie Davey
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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 »

Quotes

Miss Brabazon: [to Meldrum's infirm mother] He's gone out again, I'm afraid... you're all alone again... with me.
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Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

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Good, compact melodrama
12 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Tense, horrible, and funny at the same time, made without frills, for both practical and aesthetic reasons, this is my favorite of Pete Walker's trilogy because it is the strongest-centered, in the characters of the priest and his main victim (the actors have a lot to do with this). It's a study in how to generate suspense with a minimum of resources. Rather than a would-be giallo, I'd identify it as an updating of 19th-century melodrama. The director plainly worked best on minuscule budgets, using them to maximum effect, but he couldn't entirely disguise their restrictions (e.g., where is everybody? don't these people ever go anywhere?).


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