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Sunday, July 09, 2006

"Mark of the Devil" review


Mark of the Devil (1970)
AKA Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält

Directed by Michael Armstrong
Writing credits Michael Armstrong Adrian Hoven

Herbert Lom.... Count Cumberland
Udo Kier.... Count Christian von Meruh
Olivera Vuco.... Vanessa Benedikt
Reggie Nalder.... Albino
Herbert Fux.... Executioner

Confess, confess, confess! "Mark of the Devil" is about torture. It's about torturing people so that they will confess their sin of witchcraft. The chief inquisitor rolls into town to take over the witch hunt from the scabby local hunter. Witch burning has become too important to leave in the hands of such an ugly, incompetent man. Soon beautiful women will be stretched and tortured in the name of God. Udo Kier starts having a change of heart when it becomes clear that the hot barmaid might get the rack as well. He won't stand for it.

"Mark of the Devil" is a competently made B-flick with a large helping of torture. It's gruesome, sick, exploitative, etc. You know, all that good stuff. One girl really gets the snot kicked out of her.

*GORE SPOILER*

She gets stretched, branded and, in the most gruesome scene, her tongue gets ripped out.

*END SPOILER*

Overall, I was pleased with this one. It delivered what it promised.

SCORE: 2.5 out of 4 devil marked women

3 comments:

the sneering (homo-phobic) snob said...

Reggie Nalder actually looks like the devil, i think he played the demon in salem`s lot. Speaking of salem`s lot bonnie bedelia was pretty tasty in that but she was even tastier 7 years earlier in "the strange vengeance of rosalie".

Dr. Gore (drgore@hotmail.com) said...

You've stumped me again with "The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie". I had to look it up. Sounds interesting. Wouldn't mind seeing Mrs McClane die hard in a 70's flick.

the sneering (homo-phobic) snob said...

Yeah, she was a gorgeous little darlin` when she was in her 20`s, she looked a bit like that incredible little french-canadian porn actress "Patricia Petite" (although she`s coming up for 25 already so her looks wont last that much longer, but she still does incredible anal and oral, and she`s also one of the great cum-guzzlers, check her out).