Workmen digging in a building discover the remains of a 300-year-old devil cult.

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Caroline Trent
Gareth Hunt ...
Peter Whiteway
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Alan Yardley / Martin
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Daniel Haswell / General Haswell
Patricia Hayes ...
Granny Waters (as Pat Hayes)
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Kim Osborn / Catherine Parkes
Ralph Michael ...
Father Harris
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Inspector Crane
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Father Ambrey / Packard
Richard Hampton ...
Ted Pinder / David Pritchard
Angela Grant ...
Jill
Ray Armstrong ...
Sergeant Mills
Peter Baldwin ...
Dr. H. Talbot
Jona Jones ...
Policeman
Tim Pearce ...
Brinkley / Robert Ford
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In a condemned medieval London church, a demolition crew uncovers a walled up chamber with a skeleton inside. Black liquid crawls out of it and makes a haunted hose choke to death one of the workers. A skeptical police inspector is brought in but he deems the death an accident. However, a female journalist tries to convince him that there's more to the church than it seems. Meanwhile, a young man who feels a strange connection to the building tries to sneak in with his girlfriend. An old priest reveals that in medieval times the church was once used by a satanic cult led by a satanic priest until one of the cultists had a change of heart and betrayed the coven to the church which led to some of the cultists being caught and burned alive at the stake. Just before dying, they vowed revenge against both the traitor's descendants and the church itself.

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5 January 1985 (USA)  »

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atmospheric horror
5 December 2004 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The Hammer films were horror classics of the 1960s. Unlike modern films they relied more on atmosphere than special effects - not because that was beyond their makers resources - but because that was what made a good horror film. "And the Wall Came Tumbling Down" is a late addition to the corpus of Hammer works (no pun intended).

Though it perhaps suffers from the limitations of a TV production, this film deserves to be seen. From the initial breaking down of a wall in a church due to be demolished, to the final appallingly chilling climax, the film positively reeks with atmosphere.

If you like to be frightened, or have fond memories of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee and the original Hammer films, this one is for you.

This is a nice atmospheric horror in the Hammer tradition. The denouemont is slightly shocking, and the best moments are the carefully crafted details, including the coiling power cable in the first few minutes.

One of the best elements in the characterisation, which is noticeably stronger than in the mindless "slasher" films which are so much in fashion.

Well worth watching, but not by the nervous (unless accompanied by a more robust individual).

The plot is slightly less "realistic" than is traditional for Hammer horrors, but it is internally consistent, however far-fetched it may seem.


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