An excommunicated priest sets up a satanic cult that only looks Catholic on the outside. He convinces a man to sign over his daughter's soul so that she will become the devil's representative on earth on her eighteenth birthday, but as that day nears, the man seeks the help of an American occult novelist to save his daughter, both physically and spiritually.Written by
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The closing credits quotation from the source author reads: "In light all things thrive and bear fruit . . . In darkness they decay and die that is why we must follow the readings of the lords of light - Dennis Wheatley". See more »
A very large red or orange drawbridge between two docks can be seen through a window behind Richard Widmark. At 35:33 it can be seen moving slowly to a fully vertical position. At 36:26 it is back down between the two docks. At 37:29 it starts to rise again from the horizontal position. At 37:48 it is back down between the two docks. These timings are from the British DVD. See more »
Underrated thriller that despite being slow and meandering still manages a few nice shocks and is never less than interesting. This attempted to match The Exorcist for near-the-knuckle images and themes, and although it lacks that film's lasting power to haunt it does have a strong line in perversity that may surprise the most jaded unshockable viewer. Christopher Lee is great as the smiling, gentlemanly paganist - Natassja Kinski looks great and goes through the film like a day-dreaming naive child, which is exactly what she is supposed to be. Admittedly the creature at the end could easily have climbed out of a cornflakes packet as the depths of hell, but it doesn't ruin the film. Channel 4 recently showed a wide-screen version. It was well worth taping.
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