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Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)

A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancée asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that ... See full summary »

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Satan's Mistress
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A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancée asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that guest were serious, this man tries to steal one of her fathers rubin, and she and her fiance are kidnapped and brought to a house, where strange things happen. The whole thing becomes a nightmare under the direction of a mysterious Mr. Satan. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Seven startling footprints, and every step takes you deeper into the most mysterious events that the screen has ever recorded. See more »


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7 April 1929 (Denmark)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In a separately filmed trailer, Vitaphone production reel #2929, Creighton Hale tells the audience about the film. This trailer was copyrighted on February 28, 1929 (description copyright March 1, 1929), under the title "Announcing Creighton Hale in Seven Footprints to Satan". See more »

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Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Very good and creepy film from director Benjamin Christensen about a couple (Thelma Todd, Creighton Hale) who are kidnapped and taken to an old dark house ran by Satan. Inside the house the two are terrorized by a dwarf (Angelo Rossitto of Freaks fame), a gorilla, an ape man like creature and other weirdos. The atmosphere of this film is so incredibly thick that you'll actually feel as if you're walking among all of these characters. There are several creepy moments as the couple walk around this house, which just has one weird room after another. The film isn't as great as the director's Haxan but it's still among the best of its genre. The set design is terrific and the editing is among some of the best I've seen from this period. You easy to see that this film influenced Universal's Dracula, Paramount's Island of Lost Souls and some of the orgy scene from Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut appears to have been influenced by this film.


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