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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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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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Gravedigger
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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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Shot in five weeks. 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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Featured in Courting Controversy (2005) See more »

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Neither horror nor giallo but....
21 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A very fine Walker effort. Not really a horror film nor a giallo but very British. Must have upset as many as it pleased upon release with it's uncompromising attack upon the Church in general and the Catholic Church in particular. Excellent central performances and it is these performances that helps the film over the odd script shortcomings. Not for the easily offended but for everyone else quite a treat and who is to say accusations of wrong doings by priests and cover ups by other self righteous members of society is so far fetched? Begins well and although gets a bit lost halfway through, there is a full powered body strewn build up to a surprising ending.


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