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The Confessional (1976)

House of Mortal Sin (original title)
R | | Horror | March 1977 (USA)
A troubled young girl goes to confession at the local church. Unfortunately, the sexually frustrated priest she confesses to becomes obsessed with her. At first, the priest stalks the girl,... See full summary »

Director:

Pete Walker

Writers:

David McGillivray (screenplay), Pete Walker (from an original story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Sharp ... Father Xavier Meldrum
Susan Penhaligon ... Jenny Welch
Stephanie Beacham ... Vanessa Welch
Norman Eshley ... Father Bernard Cutler
Sheila Keith ... Miss Brabazon
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry ... Mrs. Meldrum
Stewart Bevan Stewart Bevan ... Terry Wyatt (as Stuart Bevan)
Julia McCarthy Julia McCarthy ... Mrs. Davey
John Yule John Yule ... Robert (as Jon Yule)
Bill Kerr ... Mr. Davey
Victor Winding Victor Winding ... Dr. Gaudio
Jack Allen ... GP
Kim Butcher ... Valerie Davey
Ivor Salter ... Gravedigger
Andrew Sachs ... Man in Church
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Storyline

A troubled young girl goes to confession at the local church. Unfortunately, the sexually frustrated priest she confesses to becomes obsessed with her. At first, the priest stalks the girl, but later it is revealed that he will stop at nothing, including blackmail and murder, just to get close to her. Written by John Hilton

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Tortured by desires his vows forbid...master of a house of mortal sin!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Confessional See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At 18 mins 50 seconds, the LP cover studied by Bob is "461 Ocean Boulevard" by Eric Clapton. See more »

Goofs

The cameraman is seen in the mirror when the daughter enters her bedroom and moves about at the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa Welch: You're a right little charmer, aren't you.
Terry: Get fucked!
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Connections

Featured in Courting Controversy (2005) See more »

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Charming story
14 March 2000 | by bloody-3See all my reviews

The charming story of a priest.....who murders people! Meet Father Xavier Meldrum from the Church of the Sacred Heart. He uses religious means to bump off his enemies such as a poisoned wafer, incense burner and rosary beads. Splendid performance by Anthony Sharp (remember him as the government minister in A Clockwork Orange?) as the obsessed vicar and a good turn by Pete Walker regular Sheila Keith as a one eyed housekeeper. A well done musical score by Stanley Myers is also featured. Remember this movie the next time you go to confession!


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