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Release Date:
March 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tortured by desires his vows forbid...master of a house of mortal sin!
Plot:
A troubled young girl goes to confession at the local church. Unfortunately, the sexually frustrated priest she confesses to becomes obsessed with her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Neither horror nor giallo but.... See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Anthony Sharp ... Father Xavier Meldrum

Susan Penhaligon ... Jenny Welch

Stephanie Beacham ... 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 ... GP
Kim Butcher ... Valerie Davey
Ivor Salter ... Gravedigger

Andrew Sachs ... Man in Church
Jane Hayward ... Nurse Fowler
Mervyn Johns ... Father Duggan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melinda Clancy ... Girl at Presbytery (uncredited)
David Corti ... Altar Boy (uncredited)
Anthony Hennessey ... Policeman (uncredited)
Austin King ... Boy at Presbytery (uncredited)
Nicholas Power ... Altar Boy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Pete Walker 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David McGillivray 
Pete Walker 

Produced by
Pete Walker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Jessop 
 
Film Editing by
John Black 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Burke 
 
Makeup Department
George Partleton .... makeup supervisor
Pearl Rashbass .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Fennell .... production manager
Matt McCarthy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Hamilton .... second assistant director
Brian Lawrence .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Chris Munro .... boom operator
Peter O'Connor .... sound recordist
Alan Brett .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Bucksey .... follow focus
Ted Davis .... gaffer
Tony Imi .... additional photography
John Metcalfe .... camera operator
Peter Sinclair .... camera operator
John Simmons .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Ray Snooks .... second electrician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Stanley Myers .... conductor
 
Other crew
Leigh Taylor .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"House of Mortal Sin" - UK (original title)
"The Confessional: House of Mortal Sin" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R

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Trivia:
Originally Peter Cushing was offered to play Father Xavier Meldrum and at the time there were some rumours that Cushing hated the script. In 1983, when Cushing acted in Walker's final film, The House of Long Shadows, Walker learned that Cushing actually liked the script, but had other film commitments.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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.See more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Neither horror nor giallo but...., 21 March 2005
Author: christopher-underwood from Greenwich - London

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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