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.
She gets stretched, branded and, in the most gruesome scene, her tongue gets ripped out.
Overall, I was pleased with this one. It delivered what it promised.
SCORE: 2.5 out of 4 devil marked women