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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Good movie, check it out

Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile
16 June 2006

I believe this is available in English now, but the version I saw was a Spanish language one off a full-screen PAL tape I bought in Buenos Aires. Judging from the rampant nudity, graphic violence, and general depravity it wasn't cut at least. This is Spanish actor Paul Naschy's strangely belated directorial debut. It is another entry into the 1970's "witch-hunter" genre inspired by such films as Michael Reeve's "The Conqueror Worm", Ken Russell's "The Devils", and the godawful but very seminal German film "Mark of Devil". This was a rather extreme genre which allowed for a lot of exploitative scenes of beautiful naked women being tortured, but also permitted filmmakers to at least pretend to criticize the real historical abuses of the Catholic Church. The latter would be especially resonant in Spain where in very recent times the Church had been a big supporter of the repressive Franco regime.

This movie is every bit as depraved and exploitative as any of its British, Italian, or German models, but it was interesting in that its victim (played by Italian actress Daniela Giordano)actually DOES sell her soul to the Devil, but only in order to take a supernatural (and, of course decidedly sexual) revenge on the corrupt witchfinder/inquisitioner played by Paul Naschy. The injection of actual supernatural elements (which was a peculiar characteristic of both the Spanish and Mexican versions of these films)kind of muddies the moral waters (not to mention the perceived historical accuracy) quite a bit.

As always, Naschy makes an interesting protagonist. He has always been one of the few actors brave enough to play characters that are not only despicable but also often pretty pathetic (and he's never been afraid to kill his character off early if it serves the plot), but he always somehow gets the audience on his side, and this movie is no exception--you end feeling sorry for his corrupt and wrongheaded inquisitioner by the end.

One weakness of Naschy movies though has been his leading actresses. He always casts pretty women who are willing to do rampant nude scenes, but they are usually pretty obscure actresses and not always very talented (with the exception of Erica Blanc, Patty Shepherd, and maybe Helga Line). It's good to see that he has a strong co-lead here in Daniela Giordana, a gorgeous former Miss Italy who showed a lot of promise in the Mario Bava sex comedy "Four Times that Night" but was pretty much wasted after that in throwaway parts in second-rate Italian gialli. Good movie. Check it out

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Very good Paul Naschy's film.

8/10
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland
19 February 2006

A trio of witch hunters arrive in town to ply their trade.While this is happening,the daughter of the magistrate agrees to sell her soul to the devil for the ability to take vengeance on the man who killed her lover."Inquisition" is a fine directing debut of Paul Naschy.There is plenty of gratuitous nudity and the torture scenes are fairly nasty and shocking.Scenes such as a rotating,spiked gyre approaching the bared breast of a female victim and the obscene pulling of another unfortunate victim's nipple are as unsettling and savage as any scene from competing films such as Adrian Hoven's classic 1969 witchcraft flick "Mark of the Devil".Naschy's portrayal of the devil is fantastic as is his performance as a witch hunter Bernard.Give this one a look,if you are a fan of Jacinto Molina or Spanish horror in general.8 out of 10.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

"Inquisition" is a film unique and splendid, in the debut of Naschy as director

Author: psagray from Spain
12 June 2010

In France of the sixteenth century, the Grand Inquisitor Bernard of Fossey in its blind fight against the alleged heretics, apostates and worshippers of Satan, does not hesitate to pursue their goals and use the most cruel and unimaginable torture to meet their most perverse instincts and get the favor of the powerful. The emergence of the beautiful Catherine (Daniela Giordano), accused of witchcraft, disrupt involuntarily plans by the Inquisitor. Fossey, overwhelmed by his passion loving toward the girl, begin to act in a manner that will involve the dangerous antipathies of his former allies.

Naschy gives his knowledges about Inquistion and witchery as he explains about the ¨Fornicarius¨and the ¨Garden of flowers ¨ by Torquemada that the devil and Sabbath are the same. And accusing Inquisition publishes what may be the most blood-soaked book in human history: ¨The Malleus Malleficarum¨, the witches' hammer,it is instructed the clergy on how to locate,torture and kill all freethinking women,during witch-hunt , history tells, fifty thousand are captured ,burned alive at the stake. Also Paul Naschy/Bernard De Fossey tells : 72 infernal princes command over 7.000 demons as ¨Satanas¨ the Grand General and Emperor, ¨Belcebu¨, prince of demons , ¨Asmodeo¨, superintendent of inferno, ¨Astaroth¨ Grand duke of occident, infernal treasurer, and ¨Beltegor¨ who rules over 70 legions of devils.

"Inquisition" is the debut in the direction of Paul Naschy. According to account in his memoirs, had to venture into the world of the film direction because it seems no longer found another way to get their projects, and also intrude in the skin of the grand inquisitor "Bernard of Fossey, this shows great character.

Among the successes of Naschy in "Inquisition", is its elegant staging, with an elaborate use of decorated, with those obstacles within the frame or the openings of plane from an object to a general view, that relate to taste the various elements of the image, until the sound design naturalist and fresh of the decorated. Naschy draws the best of his face with that beard that so severely he gave to his image.

His other great wisdom was surrounded by a remarkable cast: Daniela Giordano, Monica Randall, Juan Luis Gallardo, Antonio Iranzo, Eduardo Calvo...

A good title, a topic of great historic significance, either filmed better than other films of greater prestige.

Film almost unknown that however is to be one of the best in the Spanish fantasy genre, with an update on the scene sober but fascinating.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A historic fiction crammed with fantastic touches and atmospheric setting

6/10
Author: ma-cortes
21 April 2010

XVI Century, France, three members (Paul Naschy, Tony Isbert, Ricardo Merino) of the Inquisition travel throughout country judging, torturing and condemning suspicious of witchery. At a village stay in the house of the Mayor(Antonio Casas) and the inquisitor judge named Bernard De Fossey (Naschy) falls in love for his daughter Catherine(Daniela Giordano). She suspects that death her lover (Juan Luis Galiardo) has been planned by Bernard for the reason of jealousy and then Catherine deals with witchery arts by means of two sorceresses (Tota Alba, Monica Randall) because she seeks revenge.

This is a good first effort Jacinto Molina as director and is lavishly produced for Naschy standards. Although Molina initially thought in Torquemada , he met the prestigious writer Julio Caro Baroja who explained him the Spanish Inquisition is less interesting and did not pursue witches as happened in France or Germany. As Jacinto wrote the screenplay and subsequently directed this co-production Spanish-Italian set in France.

Naschy gives his knowledges about Inquistion and witchery as he explains about the ¨Fornicarius¨and the ¨Garden of flowers ¨ by Torquemada that the devil and Sabbath are the same. And accusing Inquisition publishes what may be the most blood-soaked book in human history: ¨The Malleus Malleficarum¨, the witches' hammer,it is instructed the clergy on how to locate,torture and kill all freethinking women,during witch-hunt , history tells, fifty thousand are captured ,burned alive at the stake. Also Paul Naschy/Bernard De Fossey tells : 72 infernal princes command over 7.000 demons as ¨Satanas¨ the Grand General and Emperor, ¨Belcebu¨, prince of demons , ¨Asmodeo¨, superintendent of inferno, ¨Astaroth¨ Grand duke of occident, infernal treasurer, and ¨Beltegor¨ who rules over 70 legions of devils.

It's a B series entertainment with abundant sensationalistic scenes and a Naif style.The movie has a bit of ridiculous gore and is an engaging horror story full of witchery, tortures, burning poles and several other things. This time Paul Nashy/Jacinto Molina exhibits little breast but he was European weightlifting champion .Pretty slow going, but hang in there for the Inquisitors versus witches , colorful Aquelarres and astonishing devils. Good cinematography by Miguel Mila and Julio Burgos is accompanied by a correct remastering. Eerie and atmospheric musical score by Barratas .The motion picture is professionally directed and played by Jacinto Molina , a slick craftsman though regular actor.The flick will appeal to Paul Naschy fans and terror genre enthusiasts. Rating : 6, Acceptable and entertaining.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Naschy hunts down witches in a lacking Spanish horror movie

6/10
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England
30 August 2008

Inquisición was written by, directed and stars Paul Naschy. I would imagine that he was starting to get tired of starring in the often less than brilliant Spanish horror films that he made a lot of prior to 1976 and decided to make something a bit more serious; probably taking influence from Vincent Price in the excellent Witchfinder General, and this film is the result. While the film is of a higher quality in terms of acting and content than most of Naschy's filmography; it's also rather dull and unfortunately has nothing on the earlier Vincent Price film. The film takes on a period setting and, as the title suggests, focuses on the Spanish Inquisition. The Inquisition is out hunting witches; and Bernard de Fossey is leading the hunt. However, a local girl takes offence at him and his compatriots hunting down the local townsfolk and decides to take action by hooking up with Satan himself to make the leader of the Inquisition fall in love with her, and thus leaving the leader with a personal crisis to negotiate.

As mentioned, Paul Naschy takes the lead role; and as usual, he is one of the best things about the film. Naschy obviously enjoys playing the lead role in his own film (actually this is the first one he wrote and directed) and the role is somewhat different and more involving than his previous ones. One of my main problems with the film is that the style of it is very bland; Spanish horror is more famous for its stunning Gothic locales and this film is severely lacking in this area. The plot moves very slowly and there is little in the way of distractions from the lead character's plight; which in truth is not all that interesting. To the film's credit, it does feature some very good torture scenes, some of which are quite nasty; a nipple removal scene is a highlight in that respect. Naschy does take tentative steps to lift the film by showing us pictures of some of Satan's minions (apparently the Dark Lord has quite a hierarchy set up!) but not enough is made of it. Overall, this film might be of interest to Spanish horror or Naschy completists; but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to track it down.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Newly digitized version on DVD

10/10
Author: bmvetc from United States
26 March 2010

This film has been passed around on poorly dubbed tapes and DVD-Rs for a long time. But recently it was released in newly digitized DVD format. It must have been transfered directly from the original 16mm film. The picture quality is almost perfect. It is now available on Amazon.com. I personally bought one and the images look really sharp even on a 52" LCD TV. I hope other cult films such as "Poor Cecily" and "Inquisitor" also will be digitized from the original films.

I think this film is most well-known for some outrageous torture scenes and also witch-burning scenes. In one torture scene, a fully naked blonde girl was stretched on the rack. In another scene, a young woman, also fully naked, was subjected to charcoal burning on her chest and then had her nipple cut off. The witch burning scene was very dramatic as well with three cute young women each being tied to a tall stake screaming while the fire was burning from below...

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Typical witch hunter action, but takes a more political stance.(*Spoilers)

Author: Judexdot1 (judexdot1@yahoo.com) from Minneapolis MN USA
15 November 2004

Following the success of "The Conqueror Worm", and the "Mark Of The Devil" films, Naschy steps up, and adds another "monster" to his resume, with "Inquisition".

'Tis a bad time in this part of the world. The tyrannical rulers, are draining the public, there is little sustenance for the poor, and witchcraft is blamed for many troubles. Naschy enters as the resident witch hunter, and is soon torturing confessions out of many locals. In the dubbed, American version, there is a surprising amount of nudity, and many of the local women cluster together, as the girl who Naschy fancies, sells her soul, to catch a glimpse of the face of the man who killed her lover. There is reasonable 70's gore, and nudity, but this is no "Mark Of The Devil", though it ends much the same. When they shave Naschy's head, and burn him at the stake, he looks uncannily like the final immolation of "the mole", in Jodorowsky's "El Topo", yet seems prescient of Brando, in "Apocalypse Now".

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Paul Naschy - Finder of (Hot) Witches

7/10
Author: Bensch
12 September 2011

The great late Paul Naschy (aka. Jacinto Molina) was doubtlessly one of the most influential figures in European Horror/Exploitation and Cult Cinema, and while the majority of his movies may not be brilliant masterpieces, they all have a very specific charm to them that (for me) is impossible not to love. Naschy is probably best known for playing the Werewolf Waldemar Daninsky in 14 HOMBRE LOBO movies, but his filmography includes many other demented, macabre, often sleazy and sometimes (wonderfully) trashy gems, for which he often also served as writer and director.

INQUISICION (aka. INQUISITION) of 1976 was the first movie for which Naschy is credited as director (he wrote the scripts to some of his earlier films). A typical example for the Hexploitation sub-genre, INQUISICION follows the tradition of films like Michael Reeves's 1968 masterpiece WITCHFINDER GENERAL (starring Horror-deity Vincent Price in his most diabolical role) or the notorious 1970 Exploitation Classic HEXEN BIS AUFS BLUT GEQUÄLT (aka. MARK OF THE DEVIL). While INQUISICION is not nearly as disturbing, impressive, serious or notorious as the aforementioned movies, it once again has the specific charm to it that can only be found in Spanish Horror productions from the time, and in Naschy-flicks in particular. The main difference hereby lies in the fact that INQUISICION focuses on sleaze and female nudity rather than the more serious WITCHFINDER GENERAL and the ultra-brutal MARK OF THE DEVIL which is known for its grisly torture scenes.

Naschy plays Witchfinder Bernard de Fossey who comes to a French village inhabited by somewhat exhibitionist beauties, whom the religious fanatic proceeds to interrogate, torture and burn at the stake... until he falls in love with one particular beauty...

The story is somewhat similar to that in MARK OF THE DEVIL, only cheesier. Still, this is one of the more serious Naschy flicks, and while sometimes cheesy, it is uncompromising as a film about the topic should be. There are some rather grisly torture scenes, the victims being beautiful young women. The burnings mostly happen off-screen, which is probably due to the budget which must have been spent for gory torture effects and actresses willing to engage in the sleaze taking place on camera. Naschy is awesome as always, and the female cast consists of stunning beauties all of which seem to be very keen on taking their clothes off. Overall, INQUISICION is a sleazy yet rather serious period piece, which is brutal and quite suspenseful at times. Recommended to all Eurocult lovers, and not to be missed by my fellow Naschy-fans.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

INQUISITION (Jacinto Molina, 1976) ***

7/10
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta
1 February 2011

Paul Naschy's directorial debut amazingly emerged to be superior to most of his work for other film-makers. Thematically, it amalgamates WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968) with THE DEVILS (1971): Naschy is the appointed Inquisitor who falls under the spell of a local girl (Italian starlet Daniela Giordano from Mario Bava's atypical FOUR TIMES THAT NIGHT [1969] and who, in a recent interview for the "Stracult" TV program, singled out the Naschy film as her personal favorite!). He has her lover killed (intermittently depicted as in a Sergio Leone picture, with harmonica accompaniment intact!) – though, in an online review, it is stated that he was not responsible after all?! – but is eventually brought before the court himself for associating with a sorceress. In fact, Giordano has sold her soul to the Devil (seen in effectively grotesque make-up not unlike that of a villain from some contemporaneous anime[!] and, reportedly, played by the star himself) and deliberately given in to her leading man's advances in order to bring him down!! At one point, he is haunted by the vision of a scythe-wielding Death but, since she ends up sharing his fate, one supposes the girl is ultimately disillusioned by her twisted beliefs – while, ironically enough, Naschy acquires grace through martyrdom!

The period ambiance is splendidly evoked, there is discreet use of gore (notably a nipple torn off by a huge pair of pliers!) and a surprising amount of nudity (gratuitous perhaps but not really exploitative). Of course, the "Malleus Maleficarum" tome and the plague (which, again, it is stated elsewhere to be the handiwork of the Devil himself!) never seem to be too far away in this type of film. Still, Naschy's script offers reasonable subtext: his character's position is coveted by the second-in-command (who proceeds to gleefully supervise the Inquisitor's own subsequent trial), a local blind-man is constantly snitching on the usually-innocent townsfolk (though he takes inordinately long to report the real witch who schools the heroine in the Black Arts!) to the relevant authorities until he predictably gets his just desserts, while Giordano – for whom, with her true love gone, life has lost its meaning – gradually comes to realize the power of Darkness and willingly becomes its servant and vessel. Incidentally, I was under the impression that INQUISITION was one of two efforts about which the writer/director/star felt the proudest (the other being THE TRAVELER [1979], which followed this viewing in quick succession) as per "The Mark Of Naschy" website – but, having double-checked, it transpired that that film was the serial-killer thriller THE FRENCHMAN'S GARDEN (1978) which, however, seems to be rather hard to come by...

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Paul Naschy on the lookout for sexy witches to torture and burn.

6/10
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
2 August 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Jacinto Molina, more commonly known under his English a.k.a. Paul Naschy, was – and actually still is – one of the most active writers, directors and actors in the area of European horror/cult cinema and, even though I can't claim he has ever made a movie that was truly brilliant, every fan of the genre simply must cherish at least some sort of admiration for him. Naschy is responsible for an incredibly large variety of horror movies, including dozens of werewolf flicks ("Werewolf Shadow", "Curse of the Devil"), Gialli ("A Dragonfly for each Corpse", "Blue Eyes of the Broken Dolls"), vampire stories ("Count Dracula's Great Love"), gangster flicks ("Crimson") and imaginative variations on popular themes ("The Hunchback of the Rue Morgue", "Dr. Jekyll and the Wolfman"). This particular movie – the first one Naschy actually directed himself – might very well be his most ambitious accomplishment! "Inquisition" is, as the title clearly summarizes already, Naschy's attempt to cash in on the contemporary popular trend of 'witch-finder' period pieces. There were three major films before this one that already covered the topic: the British "Witchfinder General" (starring the almighty Vincent Price), Ken Russell's "The Devils" (starring Oliver Reed) and "Mark of the Devil (starring Herbert Lom and Udo Kier). "Inquisition" unfortunately isn't as good as any of these three, but nevertheless remains worthy viewing material for fans of typical 70's horror with plenty of gratuitous sleaze and unsettling torturing methods.

The biggest default in this film is the lack of a coherent and properly elaborated screenplay. Naschy tries to include so many potentially ingenious ideas and compelling characters that he too often loses control over the central themes. He stars as Bernard de Fossey, an infamous magistrate/witch-hunter who arrives in a small town along with two of his colleagues. After torturing a couple of innocent women left and right and burning their bodies at the stake, Bernard falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the town's patriarch. She, Catherine, actually sold her soul to Satan voluntarily, but only to find out the identity of the man who ordered to murder her French lover. When Satan reveals to her that the culprit is Bernard de Fossey, she seduces him in order to openly confront him with the fact the great witch-hunter himself is in love with a devil-worshiper. Theoretically speaking, this basic premise is downright terrific and original (none of the three other films featured victims that actually DID perform witchcraft), but it's too often pushed to the background in favor of showing shocking footage where Naschy forces girls to confess their business with Satan. One scene is particularly unpleasant, as it bluntly illustrates how a poor girl has her nipple torn off by an eerie clipping device. Naschy seemingly also has severe difficulties with keeping the pace and suspense level. Certain sequences tend to lean towards boredom whilst other ones are never properly worked out (like the apprehension of an entire family). "Inquisition" clearly didn't have a massive budget to work with, but the set pieces and costumes are generally convincing. Naschy's own performance is unquestionably the best one, whereas the female cast members are more likely be selected on their measurements and pretty faces. Recommended viewing, but in case you haven't yet, you ought to check out the three other witch-hunt movies first.

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