Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense: Season 1, Episode 1

Mark of the Devil (5 Sep. 1984)

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Frank Rowlett is a down on his luck loser who can't win at anything. When he can't come up with money for a poker game, he sneaks into the back of a tattoo parlor, kills the owner and takes... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Rowlett
Sara Helston
George Sewell ...
Det. Inspector Grant
Matt Helsten
Tom Adams ...
Hai Lee
Det. Sergeant Kirby
James Ellis ...
Father Dowd
Reginald Marsh ...
Dr. Melford
Michael Cronin ...
Nicholas Field ...
Billy Zarn
Alibe Parsons ...
Momma Rose
Robert Oates ...
Maggie Rennie ...
Ma Perkins
Hugh Morton ...
Butler, George


Frank Rowlett is a down on his luck loser who can't win at anything. When he can't come up with money for a poker game, he sneaks into the back of a tattoo parlor, kills the owner and takes his money. Frank wins very big that night, but a small little dot appears on his chest. Day by day, it gets bigger and bigger and forms into a tattoo. The tattoo then starts to spread all over his body and he has to go into seclusion. Can Frank get the help he needs before time runs out? Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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5 September 1984 (UK)  »

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Hugh Morton, who has a minor role, in this died before transmission. See more »

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Nice Little Mystery
20 January 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mark of the Devil (1984)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

First film in the Fox Mystery Theater series (aka Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense) has loser Frank Rowlett (Dirk Benedict) owing money to a dangerous man. He needs to try and get some cash to enter a poker game and to do so he kills a tattoo shop owner and steals the money. Soon he realizes a little dot on his chest but before long a tattoo starts to form and cover his entire body. MARK OF THE DEVIL is a pretty interesting little film that contains one of the better stories I've seen from this series or any other series for that matter. I thought the idea of a man growing a tattoo over his body that's going to show his sin was quite clever and the film manages to throw a couple twists in for good measure. The special effects of the tattoo were also quite impressive. Yes, faking a tattoo isn't that hard to do but it still looks wonderfully well. Another major plus is that Benedict really does a nice job at showing how desperate this man becomes after realizing that this tattoo isn't going to go anywhere and it's eventually going to give him away. Jenny Seagrove is also good as his fiancé-turned-wife, although her reaction to the tattoo is a rather silly scene. Director Val Guest does a pretty good job with the material but I think a faster pace certainly would have helped things. The ending, which I won't spoil, is also pretty good, although be on the look out for a major goof when our lead character goes to fall back you can clearly see mats set up to break his fall. Still, MARK OF THE DEVIL is a neat little mystery.

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