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Mark of the Devil


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  • Actors: Johannes Buzalski, Dorothea Carrera, Günter Clemens, Gaby Fuchs, Herbert Fux
  • Directors: Adrian Hoven, Michael Armstrong
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Y69V8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mark of the Devil" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Michael Armstrong
  • Fear and Loathing in Austria - Interview with Star Udo Kier
  • The Devil's Torturer - Interview with Star Howard Fux
  • Burn Gaby Burn! - Interview with Star Gaby Fuchs
  • The Devil's Assaulted - Interview with Star Ingeborg Shoner
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots
  • Poster & Still Galleries

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Herbert Lom, Udo Kier. The sadistic Count Cumberland searches for witches and elicits confessions from them using any means at his disposal. Digitally remastered. 1970/color/90 min/NR/widescreen.

Review

"Explicit And Graphically Sadistic" -- All Movie Guide

"LURID & GORY! Frenetically Illustrates The Viciousness Of Religious And Sexually Driven Bigotry" -- New York Daily News

"Sickening, Ghastly & Revolting" -- Creature Features Movie Guide

Customer Reviews

I recommend this one to fans of horror of all ages.
Robert E. Murena Jr.
This emphasis on the negative doesn't make the film any more true to life than Hollywood's Pollyanna view of experience.
Charles S. Tashiro
I however do not recommend this film for fans of pointless gore/trash cinema as they will not get what they expect.
Lunar Strain

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Strain on January 15, 2005
Format: DVD
Back in the day (1970), this film was probably the most controversal movie ever made as it depicted the witch trials going on Europe during the darkest page of human existance. I remember reading all the controversy and I couldn't help but watch the film that caused such a ruckous. I was expecting some really cheap, gory, pointless Eurotrash exploitation flick. What I got was much, much more. First of all, THERE'S A STORY! Yes this film actually has a good plot and story and is actually fairly accurate to some of the real happenings in history. Second, THE ACTING IS REALLY GOOD. The entire cast gives it their all and makes this film believable. The only hinderence is the dubbing, but for foreign horror film fans like me, dubbing just adds to the charm. I was pleasently surprised and got a much better film than I was expecting. I would actually recomend this film to fans of Hammer flicks that came out at about the same time. I however do not recommend this film for fans of pointless gore/trash cinema as they will not get what they expect. The tagline on the box is also misleading as it tags the movie as "the most horrifying movie ever made" which isn't exactly true. Yes it had some shocking moments, but in no way is it really horrifying. By today's standards, the shocks are pretty tame. So if your a fan of atmospheric Euro horror, don't believe all the bad hype as this film is a true gem of the genre.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Murena Jr. on February 3, 2005
Format: DVD
Mark of the Devil left its mark on me. In college it was one of the few films I owned and too poor to own cable it was viewed quite often. However these were pre-DVD days and now that this DVD has arrived I have resumed my love for this film. With a truly remarkable amount of extras for such an old film including an interview with Gabby Fuchs, who became somewhat of a cult icon among my friends, this film is worthwhile to buy.

I need to inform you that this not the "most horrifying film ever made". It is mildly sadistic and a little gory by today's standards but this film runs its entire course without any intentional humor or stupidity that is so common in today's horror movies. As Albino says "I may not be educated but I am not stupid": I want movies that at least try to take themselves seriously. This movie does that.

For a 35 year old horror film from Europe this film has had some staying power. I recommend this one to fans of horror of all ages. It is certainly something different from the hackneyed plots that the genre is so susceptible to. If you've seen the movie before get this DVD too you will be pleased with the digital quality and the copious extras... Enjoy the torture...

--Ted Murena
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Hermit on August 20, 2005
Format: DVD
"Mark Of The Devil" came out in 1969, and was billed as "Positively The Most Horrifying Movie Ever Made," and looking at the time of its release, I could agree. "Night Of The Living Dead" generally freaked people out in 1968, but the recently deceased getting back up, and cannibalizing the living really does stretch credibility, where this film focuses on the cavalier attitude of Witchfinders in 1700 Austria.

People were superstitious at the time, and doing these awful things to people, and calling it "The Lord's Work," really did happen. The mere accusation of Sorcery was enough to get an indictment, and corruption of the Church has always been there; if you're accused, you have lost the battle.

Revulsion is the real star of this film, and watching these people doing these ghastly things to people, all in a days work, with God on their side, makes it excruciating to watch. One case in particular, has this LOVELY young woman on trial for consorting with the Devil; the truth? She was living with some nuns, and the Bishop raped her. The baby was seen as Satan's spawn, and the politics of the church wouldn't allow the truth to come out. She goes so far as to give a false confession, one she thought they wanted, and from there, it only got worse for her. Watching her ordeal made me physically uncomfortable; I had to keep reminding myself that she was just an actress, and this was a only film stage. But they really did this to people; that's what is so horrifying. THEY ACTUALLY DID THIS TO PEOPLE! WITH CHURCH APPROVAL! ("...doing the Lord's work is never easy...")

This is an exploitation film, but one with a story-line, albeit a tragic one, and thank God the witch trials don't happen now.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matthew King on January 22, 2005
Format: DVD
Released in 1969 this movie came attached with the tagline "positively the most horrifying movie ever!" and once the film was released in America, became famous for the distribution of barf bags to customers. Does it live up to its tagline? Well, sort of but only when you consider when the film was made. It predated by a few years other more graphic torture films such as "Ilsa", "Salo" and "Bloodsucking Freaks" films released in the 70's , an era when things really got wild. So yes I guess back in 69' this was about as hardcore as it got.

In a small village of a by-gone era, witch-hunting has reached its peak. Villagers accused of sins such as "having illicit intercourse with the devil" or "defiling the sacraments of the church" are submitted to public displays of torture and execution. Into the village arrives the character played by Udo Kier, who is a witch-hunter apprentice. As he begins to learn the tools and tricks of the trade, Kier comes to the realization that the witch trials are actually a scam to rob people of their wealth and their land and also as an excuse to lay paws on beautiful women. Kier attempts to organize a revolt against the crooked witch-hunters which in turn will lead to him getting his own taste of a little torture...

To my surprise, "Mark of the Devil" is not as pointless a film as I expected it to be. I really figured this would be mindless exploitation consisting of nothing more than torture, however the torture scenes are not at the forefront of everything here. This movie actually has a carefully constructed plot, as well as beautiful scenic shots of the Austrian countryside and a heartfelt romance story between the lead female and Udo Kier. The costumes are stunning and the acting is not all that bad.
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