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To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

R | | Horror | 30 July 1976 (USA)
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An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.


Peter Sykes


Christopher Wicking (screenplay by) (as Chris Wicking), John Peacock (adaptation) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... John Verney
Christopher Lee ... Father Michael Raynor
Honor Blackman ... Anna Fountain
Denholm Elliott ... Henry Beddows
Michael Goodliffe ... George de Grass
Nastassja Kinski ... Catherine Beddows
Eva Maria Meineke ... Eveline de Grass
Anthony Valentine ... David Kennedy
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Bishop
Izabella Telezynska ... Margaret (as Isabella Telezynska)
Constantine Gregory ... Kollde (as Constantin de Goguel)
Anna Bentinck Anna Bentinck ... Isabel
Irene Prador Irene Prador ... German Matron
Brian Wilde ... Black Room Attendant
Petra Peters ... Sister Helle


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 Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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...and suddenly the screams of a baby born in Hell! See more »




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Did You Know?


Before Richard Widmark was cast, his role had been offered to Klaus Kinski. He turned it down, stating that he had. no issue being in a film where his young daughter was fully naked, but he couldn't guarantee he would remain sober for the duration of filming. See more »


When David burns alive, the stunt performer's head and hands are clearly covered with a greenish protection headpiece and gloves. See more »


Father Michael Rayner: It is not heresy, and I will not recant!
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To the Devil...the death of Hammer.
24 April 2019 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Occult novelist John Verney (veteran American star Richard Widmark) has his hands full. He has to keep safe the daughter (Nastassja Kinski) of an associate (Denholm Elliott). You see, eighteen years ago Elliott made an unholy pact, and now the girl is intended for use in something depraved by heretic priest Father Michael Raynor (Sir Christopher Lee).

At the time, this was the final theatrical horror film for Britains' renowned Hammer Studios. It was actually pretty successful, but the studio was simply too much in debt to completely reap the benefits. Based on the novel by Dennis Wheatley, it's a commendably low-key, restrained film, with occasional moments of violence / gore as well as cheesiness. As directed by Peter Sykes, the film has the potential to bore some members of the audience, but it's generally got enough interesting material in it to make it palatable.

The cast provides the principal value. Widmark at first seems really out of place, but he does a solid job. Lee delivers what is one of his all-time best villainous performances for Hammer. The supporting cast is pretty eclectic: Honor Blackman, Michael Goodliffe, Eva Maria Meineke, Anthony Valentine, Derek Francis, Frances de la Tour, etc. However, many eyes will be on Kinski, in one of her earliest roles; she does convey an essential naivety and innocence, and the audience will automatically be on her side. Those who are interested should note that she has a controversial few seconds' worth of full frontal nudity near the end.

Although not on the level of another Wheatley shocker ("The Devil Rides Out") produced by Hammer, this does show its viewers a fairly good time, operating with its approach of subtlety. One problem, however, is the ending, which is over too quickly, and robs us of real satisfaction.

All things considered, Hammer could easily have signed off with a much worse horror film. This, at least, is generally compelling.

Seven out of 10.

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Release Date:

30 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To the Devil... a Daughter See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiemsee Lake, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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