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To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

 -  Horror  -  July 1976 (USA)
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An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.

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Henry Beddows
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George de Grass
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Catherine
Eva Maria Meineke ...
Eveline de Grass
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David
Derek Francis ...
Bishop
Izabella Telezynska ...
Margaret (as Isabella Telezynska)
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Kollde (as Constantin de Goguel)
Anna Bentinck ...
Isabel
Irene Prador ...
German Matron
Brian Wilde ...
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Petra Peters ...
Sister Helle
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An excommunicated priest sets up a satanic cult that only looks Catholic on the outside. He convinces a man to sign over his daughter's soul so that she will become the devil's representative on earth on her eighteenth birthday, but as that day nears, the man seeks the help of an American occult novelist to save his daughter, both physically and spiritually. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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priest | occult | catholic | satanist | cult | See more »

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Child of Satan  »

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Two high-priced British actors were cast as David and George De Grass but because Richard Widmark fee was higher than expected. The roles of David and George De Grass were recast at the 11th hour. See more »

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A very large red or orange drawbridge between two docks can be seen through a window behind Richard Widmark. At 35:33 it can be seen moving slowly to a fully vertical position. At 36:26 it is back down between the two docks. At 37:29 it starts to rise again from the horizontal position. At 37:48 it is back down between the two docks. These timings are from the British DVD. See more »

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Father Michael Rayner: It is not heresy, and I will not recant!
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Promising Story and Great Cast Wasted in a Lame Screenplay
2 December 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In London, the occult novelist John Verney (Richard Widmark) is contacted by a stranger named Henry Beddows (Denholm Elliott) during a lecture in a private gallery of his friends David Kennedy (Anthony Valentine) and Anna Fontaine (Honor Blackman). Henry asks John to meet his daughter, the nun Catherine Beddows (Nastassja Kinski), in the airport since she is coming from Munich and lodge her in his apartment since Henry has had a problem with Satanists and he would like to protect his daughter. In return, John could write a book with his experience with the Satanists.

John brings Catherine to his apartment and sooner he learns that she belongs to the church "The Children of Our Lord" from Germany, and she will be eighteen years old on the All Hallows Eve. While she is sleeping during the night, John realizes that Catherine, and not her father Henry, is actually in danger. Sooner he finds that the excommunicated Catholic priest Father Michael Raynem (Christopher Lee), who is Catherine's godfather, and a group of Satanists that worship the Devil plan to use Catherine to become Astaroth through a ritual. John visits the bishop, who is his friend, and asks permission to read the same pages of The Book of Abramelin that Father Michael had read in the 50's. Now John battles against the powerful Father Michael to save the life and soul of Catherine.

"To the Devil a Daughter" is the last film from Hammer with a promising story and a great cast with Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Nastassja Kinski and Denholm Elliott. Unfortunately they are wasted in a lame screenplay with many flaws and a disappointing conclusion. The gorgeous Nastassja Kinski (officially born on 24 Jan 1961, but sources tell that she was born in 1959) naked does not seem to be only fifteen years old; seventeen would be more acceptable. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Filha para o Diabo" ("A Daughter to the Devil")


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