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The Devil's Daughter

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Following the terror trail of rattles and bassinets set forth by Rosemary's Baby, this Movie of the Week further fueled the public's fascination with Satanism. The Devil s Daughter delivers a young woman into a nightmare world when she learns her mother had promised to her to Satan when she was in infancy. Now of legal age, Lucifer has sent his earthly minions to claim his property and to make sure she is betrothed to the demon of his choice. Starring Shelley Winters (The Poseidon Adventure), Robert Foxworth (Transformers) and Dark Shadows star Jonathan Frid, The Devil's Daughter offers a candle-burning, wind-rustling, spooky time in front of the TV with the lights turned way, way down.

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This small-screen Rosemary's Baby clone stars Belinda Montgomery as a young woman targeted by a group of Satanists. It seems that Belinda's soul was purchased from the Devil when the girl was born, with payment due when she reaches the age of 21. Shelley Winters is at her overbearing best as the head of the cultists, while horror-flick vets Joseph Cotten and Jonathan Frid do their utmost to create the proper demonic atmosphere. Colin Higgins (Harold and Maude), who moved on to such prestige projects as Silver Streak and Foul Play, conjured up the script. --nytimes.com

Well...it seems to me that this film has got something of a better reception than it deserves, but even so; The Devil's Daughter is a more than adequate made for TV story of devil worship. The film takes obvious influence from the likes of Rosemary's Baby as it features a largely innocent character finding herself in the world of demons and their worshippers. The plot focuses on Diane Shaw; a young woman who returns home for her mothers' funeral and is then adopted by a friend of her mother, who also happens to be a devil worshipper. To say any more than that would give too much away, so I won't. --imdb.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: Shelley Winters
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WM4R7S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The huge success of 1968's "Rosemary's Baby", starring a beleagured Mia Farrow as a young bride who has a child to the Devil, was responsible for spawning a whole new and highly popular genre in "Satan/Occult/Devil Worship themed movies. Culminating in 1972's Box Office champ "The Exorcist", television wisely saw the value of also following this current trend of anything to do with the Devil and began producing similiar themed movies for television. Often these stories featured unsuspecting women having children either to the Devil or possessing supernatural powers as seen in Barbara Eden's chilling "The Stranger Within", in 1972. This particular entry in the field, 1973's "The Devil's Daughter", starring Belinda Montgomery in the title role took a slightly different slant in its story telling dealing instead with a young woman who is promised to the Devil by her sect member Mother when she reaches the age of 21 with ultimately tragic consequences. The overall approach of this television movie could be regarded as standard for this period however it is the first rate cast including a scene stealing and ideally cast Shelley Winters, plus some highly effective camera work culminating in an incredibly eerie finale which makes "The Devil's Daughter", first rate viewing for fans of this genre that saw its peak in the early 1970's.

Dismissed most likely nowadays as simply another clone in the endless cycle of "Demon Features", that flooded television in the early 1970's in the wake of its similiar themed big screen releases, that I feel is an unfair assumption to make of "The Devil's Daughter".
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I haven't seen this made for tv movie since its original release. The dvd has not been remaster or color restored but the transfer certainly is a good quality. The storyline is fast moving and the actors top notch. I would recommend the dvd to anyone that enjoys made for tv movies. Add this title to your collection. You will not be disappointed.
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I really liked this movie, no gore just lots of eerie atmosphiric tension throughout. But Jonathan Frid deserved a role that had some lines! And not just as a mute Chauffer/Boy toy for Miss Shelley Winters. I mean, he carried Dark Shadows for 4 years and was always so great at compassionately killing off people. But Shelley Winters is fun to watch as Lilith, in my opinion. And Joseph Cotton is always good in anything with a horror/suspence element.
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I remember this old TV movie from when I was a kid and would watch the ABC movie of the week. I was so happy to find it. The copy is grainy in spots and some popping sounds but I kind of like that. Make me feel like I am watching it on the late, late show. I love the movie and campy acting.
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An aspiring mother makes a pact with The Devil for wealth in exchange for her daughter, who would one day marry Satan's son. She despicably tries to renege on the deal, and is promptly punished for her ingratitude. In an attempt to shoot The Devil, the bullet actually penetrates her own chest. Her daughter 'Diane' {Belinda Montgomery} grows up sheltered in convents and private schools, eventually developing into quite a comely young lady until the day of her mother's funeral, where she meets with Lilith Malone {Shelley Winters}, who graciously offers her to stay at her beautiful home, wherein she begins experiencing nightmares and comes upon little secrets here and there, and her suspicion grows. She becomes fascinated by a certain sigil which she notices being virtually omnipresent at the mansion, on objects, and on jewelry upon suspicious persons, including two rather feather-brained women who act like something out of The Stepford Wives.

Upon meeting a new friend Alice Shaw {Diane Ladd}, she decides to be out on her own, and leaves the comfort of this veritable palace for an apartment. Here and there, Lilith and her cohorts begin appearing, monitoring her. Jonathan Frid {of Barnabas Collins / 'Dark Shadows' fame} plays a mute butler / limousine driver, who seems to feel for the young lady's perceived plight, when all she had to do all along is merely accept her birthright as the "Princess of Darkness'.

One night while at a party thrown by Lilith, Diane drinks a bit too much wherein her repressed carnal expression breaks free and begins lasciviously dancing in the midst of the crowd, who begin hailing her as the said 'Princess of Darkness', as well as 'The Demon of Endor'. Her denial persists, despite her increasing experiences with her own diabolical powers made manifest.
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I was 7-8yrs old when this movie aired on a Tuesday night(movie of the week)my brothers and i begged and pleaded with our mom to watch this movie(it was a bet in school who would watch this movie)needless to say my parents regretted this decision because they could'nt keep us out of their room for two weeks. After i ordered this movie i called my oldest brother to remind him of our ordeal and we laughed about how the Demon of Endor was under our beds waiting for us. If you have a passion for movies like this get it.
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