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Director:
Writers:
David McGillivray (screenplay)
Pete Walker (from an original story by)
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Release Date:
March 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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Awards:
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Killing in the name of ... Catholism! 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)

Directed by
Pete Walker 
 
Writing credits
David McGillivray (screenplay)

Pete Walker (from an original story by)

Produced by
Pete Walker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Jessop (photographed by) (as Peter Jessop B.S.C.)
 
Film Editing by
John Black 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Burke 
 
Makeup Department
George Partleton .... make-up supervision
Pearl Rashbass .... make-up
 
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Last film of Mervyn Johns.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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Killing in the name of ... Catholism!, 12 February 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

The events in "House of Mortal Sin" make it more than clear: repressing your sexuality can have serious consequences!! This third collaboration between controversial director Pete Walker and scriptwriter David McGillivray is lesser known than "Frightmare" or "House of Whipcord", and maybe also not as good, but it still is very inventive exploitation with some twisted themes and exhilaratingly horrific sequences. Walker and McGillivray openly assault the Catholic Church here and associate the "holy institution" with hypocrisy, sexual perversion and even murder. Walker's intention clearly was to shock audiences and to stimulate an angry reaction from the Church. Perhaps he couldn't achieve all this, but "House of Mortal Sin" nevertheless remains an enjoyable and schlocky horror movie, surely worth purchasing in case you're into unhinged 70's cinema. The story follows a troubled young girl who hesitatingly goes to confession at her local church. The priest, Father Meldrum, is quite out of his mind and starts stalking the girl and even killing the so-called sinful men in her life. No matter who the girl turns to for help, Father Meldrum stays above suspicion at all times because he's a respected man of the Church and she's just a mentally unstable blonde. The main storyline gets a little tedious at times but there's a delightfully insane sub plot involving the priest's seemly 273-year-old senile mother and the disturbing housekeeper played by Sheila Keith! Eccentric characters and the downright oddball relationships between them are still Walker's greatest specialty and also the unhappy ending is present. The gore and violence is less outrageous than in "Frightmare" but the priests' killing methods are quite ingenious and, of course, religiously themed, like poisoned sacred wafers and rosary strangulations. Recommended!

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