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In the Devil's Garden (1971)

Assault (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 19 May 1973 (USA)
After one schoolgirl is raped while taking a short cut through the local woods, and another is murdered in the same woods a few days later, the local police are baffled. With the help of a ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Hayers

Writers:

John Kruse, Kendal Young (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzy Kendall ... Julie West
Frank Finlay ... Det. Chief Supt. Velyan
Freddie Jones ... Reporter
James Laurenson ... Greg Lomax
Lesley-Anne Down ... Tessa Hurst
Tony Beckley ... Leslie Sanford
Anthony Ainley ... Mr. Bartell
Dilys Hamlett ... Mrs. Sanford
James Cosmo ... Det. Sgt. Beale
Patrick Jordan ... Sgt. Milton
Allan Cuthbertson ... Coroner
Anabel Littledale Anabel Littledale ... Susan Miller
Tom Chatto ... Police Doctor
Kit Taylor ... Doctor
Jan Butlin Jan Butlin ... Day Receptionist
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After one schoolgirl is raped while taking a short cut through the local woods, and another is murdered in the same woods a few days later, the local police are baffled. With the help of a reporter from one of the local papers, and against the wishes of a psychologist at the local hospital, a young teacher at the school the girls attended uses herself as bait to lure the perpetrator out. Could it be the creepy husband of the head mistress at the school, the psychologist who seems to be taking an unusual interest in the case, or something altogether more sinister? Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Strikes Terror Into the Heart of Innocence! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 58652 delivered on 5 August 1971. See more »

Goofs

When Susan (a light haired girl) is being killed and "her" shirt is being ripped off, you can clearly see it's the same bra that Tessa was wearing when she was being raped. The girl that was being killed in that scene was a dark haired girl, making it clear that the same scene was used when Susan was killed and Tessa was raped. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the U.S. release, the film was edited to avoid an "X" rating. In the early 1990s, the uncensored version was given an "NC-17" rating by the MPAA, but was never officially released in the U.S., save for its availability on VSoM. See more »

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Below average mystery fodder.
14 December 1998 | by emmSee all my reviews

If you like to see cute, cuddly schoolgirls getting raped in a special gentle way, then this is it! If you greatly admire a nice young Lesley-Anne Down being half-mute, then this is it! If you like obscure movies with acting that compares to an Orson Welles picture, then this is it! So what's not it? A movie that lures men into the seductive world of muddled mystery dramas like this one. Its B-budget production values and uninteresting clues won't deserve much further attention. The end is too predictable, to say the least. Real soft in a way, but overall, this one didn't hold my interest for long. Only if you like mini-skirts and knee-high socks. Also released as SATAN'S PLAYTHINGS.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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