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Writer:
Arthur Rowe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Half man . . . half beast . . . trapped in a world forgotten by time! See more »
Plot:
A satanic cult kidnaps 3 young people and Priest Donald Pleasence and Costas Skouras must save them from the hands of this evil! | Add synopsis »
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Pretty boring for a film about a Greek mythological creature that shoots fire from its nostrils…. See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Donald Pleasence ... Father Roche

Peter Cushing ... Baron Corofax
Luan Peters ... Laurie Gordon
Kostas Karagiorgis ... Milo Kaye (as Costa Skouras)
Dimitris Bislanis ... Sgt. Vendris (as Fernando Bislani)
Anna Matzourani ... Widow - Mrs. Mikaelis (as Anna Mantzourani)
Christina ... Grocer's Daughter
Nikos Verlekis ... Ian (as Nikos Verlel Verlekis)
Vanna Reville ... Beth (as Gelsomina)
Robert Behling ... Tom Gifford (as Bob Behling)
Anestis Vlahos ... Shopkeeper - Karapades
George Veulis ... Chauffeur - Max (as George Vevlis)
Jane Lyle ... Milo's Girlfriend
Meira ... Maid

Jessica Dublin ... Mrs. Zagros (as Jessica)
Efi Cosma ... First Victim Girl
Lambrinos ... First Victim Boy
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Robert Rietty ... Police Sgt. Vendris (voice)
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Directed by
Kostas Karagiannis  (as Costa Carayiannis)
 
Writing credits
Arthur Rowe (screenplay)

Produced by
Frixos Constantine .... producer
Herbert G. Luft .... associate producer
Nick Morrison .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Brian Eno 
 
Cinematography by
Aris Stavrou (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Barry Reynolds 
 
Production Management
Pantelis Filippides .... production manager
 
Art Department
Petros Kapouralis .... set designer (as Petros Capourallis)
 
Sound Department
Jon Blunt .... sound
Trevor Pyke .... sound
Robert Rietty .... post synchronization
 
Visual Effects by
Zoran Perisic .... optical effects
 
Editorial Department
Emlyn Williams .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Gordon T. Chambers .... music supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Devil's Men" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
88 min | Greece:94 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Iceland:16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) | USA:PG
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Completed November 1975 (copyright 1976).See more »
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Pretty boring for a film about a Greek mythological creature that shoots fire from its nostrils…., 21 December 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Donald Pleasance and Peter Cushing united in one horror film; that always sounds like a terrific plan. Two of the most versatile cult actors of their generation, who previously already starred together in terrific genre outings like "The Flesh and the Fiends" and "From Beyond the Grave", pairing up in a mid-70's satanic themed exploitation flick. How can this possibly go wrong? Well, unfortunately, it can. To my deepest regret "Land of the Minotaur" can hardly even be called mediocre, and that in spite of the cast, the exotic setting, the appealing title and the potentially great sounding premise. In a remote little area in Greece, more particularly near an archaeological site, multiple tourists vanish because Baron Peter Cushing and his docile followers keep feeding them to a fire-breathing Minotaur statue. Cushing, who never looked more bored and uninterested in any role he played before, owns a giant medieval castle and apparently in Greek this means you also own the complementary archaeological ruins and an underground network of caverns. That is of course quite handy if your hobby is the kidnapping of random campers and amateur archaeologists. When three of his young friends also mysteriously disappear in the same area, Father Roch - the priest of a couple of towns before) - decides to investigate. "Land of the Minotaur" is a boring and extremely slow-paced horror effort that never really undertakes any major attempts to generate a satanic atmosphere and doesn't bother to elaborate on all the potentially fascinating elements and pagan trivia details. The titular Minotaur, for example, is an intriguing creature of Greek mythology with the head of a bull and the body of a person, but for some inexplicable reason the script never deepens out the significance. Instead, the film focuses on tedious and overly talkative sequences and loud inappropriate music altered with experimental noises. The only reason to even consider giving this major disappointment of a film a chance is because of Donald Pleasance. His portrayal of rude, bossy and old-fashioned priest who criticizes everything that represents modern youth is powerful and reliable as always.

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