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To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

R | | Horror | 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.

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Peter Sykes

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

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 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
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Storyline

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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Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Child of Satan See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was released during a mid 1970s cycle of occult movies which followed the box-office success of The Exorcist (1973). See more »

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During the scene where Catherine is about to be injected with morphine, he doesn't fill the syringe properly, the plunger staying at the bottom. Then it suddenly switches to a full syringe with the plunger fully extended. See more »

Quotes

Father Michael Rayner: It is not heresy, and I will not recant!
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A huge Hammer misfire
16 December 2004 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Over the years, Hammer studios have provided us with some true classics within the horror genre. However, if this is the only Hammer film you've ever seen, then you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. All the things that make Hammer horror great are absent from this movie; it lacks charm, originality and it isn't intelligent or imaginative. It's a shame too, because the plot isn't a bad one. It involves a satanic cult that is posing as a Christian church and has chosen a child to 'become the devil' upon her eighteenth birthday. However, now that time has come and her father has decided that he wants to back out of the deal, only the cult isn't going to let him. So, as you can see, we have devil worshippers, sacrifice, Christopher Lee as the head of the cult, the devil himself even makes an appearance... this is great horror stuff, and if it had the right handling, it might have been able to capitalise on it's premise; but as it happens, it did not.

The main reason it fails is that it's just so DULL. The film takes ages to get anywhere, and by the time something does happen, you don't care because you're so bored. Speaking of being bored, Christopher Lee doesn't exactly approach his role in this film with gusto and his performance, although still malevolent as Lee always is, pretty much is the epitome of this film; bored. As usual with Hammer, the production values are low; but usually it doesn't matter as you can forgive the film for it, and even like it, depending on the film; but here, since the rest of the film is so bad; it's hard to forgive the bad production values. When the devil does appear, it's so ridiculous that all you will be able to do is laugh. I never thought I'd see the devil as a glove puppet! There are no real standout moments in this film, and even the ending isn't any good. I was expecting it to at least end with a bang after making us sit through nearly ninety minutes of boredom, but no.

I recommend this film to people that want to see every Hammer Horror movie ever made. Everyone else should avoid like the plague.


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