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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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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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Effective and dreary at the same time
7 May 2001 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

The church is corrupt, that's what director Walker seems to be saying in a rather clumsy way with this exploitation effort. Elements of "Psycho" are mixed uneasily with "Rosemary's baby", about a mad priest who tapes his confessional sessions and keeps his bedridden mother in the attic. There is extortion, murder (by religious symbols like a rosary and an incense-burner) and an accomplice with a disfigured face (eye-patch and all!). Some scenes, ie the ones with the bedridden mother, border on the tasteless, but I somehow think that that was the point. Surprisingly good performances from a largely unknown cast, with Sheila Keith as a standout in a (too) minor role. Boy, can she give a murderous glance! It's not a stunning tour-de-force like "Frighmare" by the same director, but still manage to pack a punch or two, despite some dreary bits (most of them involving the hero-priest who is too goody-goody to be interesting). For those who is familiar with Pete Walker and his movies, the ending will come as no surprise, but to others it will be shocking/frustrating in about equal measures.


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