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To The Devil A Daughter (1976)

Richard Widmark , Christopher Lee , Peter Sykes  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman, Denholm Elliott, Michael Goodliffe
  • Directors: Peter Sykes
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UW7N
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "To The Devil A Daughter" on IMDb

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Hammer's To the Devil a Daughter was the last film made by the once great studio. Clearly ailing, Hammer again adapted a novel by Dennis Wheatley, the author behind one of their greatest successes, The Devil Rides Out (1967). Unfortunately f

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars devilish good Christopher LEE in okay horror film April 26, 2003
British film studio HAMMER's penultimate movie and their last horror flick while not a masterpiece does in my view not deserve its bad reputation among horror buffs. The plot may not be too original but it is still enjoyable viewing.
The story revolves around a writer of occult novels (Richard WIDMARK), who is asked by a fearstriken man to look after his daughter, a nun, who visits her father in London. A group of satanists, led by Christopher LEE, hunt her, because they need her for an evil ritual...
It goes without saying that Christopher LEE is absolutely great as devil worshipping priest with telepatic powers. He is not the only though to deliver a powerhouse performance. I particularly liked Denholm ELLIOTT, as the girl's father. The scene, where he sits half insane of fear in a chair in the centre of a pentagram gave me the creeps!
I also liked the demon embryo - nice special effects. Other points of interest are the good use of nice London locations, an excellent score and brief full frontal nudity provided by the young Nastassja KINSKI, who was very popular in Germany at the time. Christopher LEE's character also drops his clothes during a wild devil worshipping orgy, but it is quite obvious that he was bodydoubled in this scene.
However the plot is far from original, a bit slowmoving and the conclusion not very satisfying.
Picture quality is very good. The DVD also features excellent extra features. There is an highly interesting 24 minute documentary TO THE DEVIL...THE DEATH OF HAMMER.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Cult" classic finally arrives on DVD October 10, 2003
I missed this film when it first came out in the 70's As a huge Hammer fan, I wasn't aware of the decline in the quality of their films until I was much older and could view them a bit more critically. I did finally see this in a second run house and thought, despite its obvious flaws, that it was a fine addition to the Hammer canon.
I was a bit surprised when I purchased it on DVD how well the film has held up. Despite an editing job at the conclusion that can only be charitably be described as butchery and a script whose quality faded like a print left in the sun too long, To The Devil A Daughter is still pretty powerful stuff. It's considerable more violent (with nudity)when compared to Terry Fisher's classic adaption of Dennis Wheatly's novel The Devil Rides Out. Wheatly was the source for Daughter as well and the use of Lee in the role as the sinister fallen priest creates a bit of continuity between the two films (although Lee was, surprisingly, the hero of Rides Out).
The print is pretty good (an improvement over Dracula Prince of Darkness another Anchor Bay release where the negative was clearly faded and the transfer appeared "jittery"). The extras including a no holds bar documentary featuring director Peter Sykes, producer Roy Skeggs, the two main screenwriters, actors Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman and David Anthony. All are surprisingly candid about the film's shortcomings. Lee knew Wheatly and so is able to provide interesting insight to the project. The script's uneven tone is the result of it passing through at least three different writers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden - Well, OK, Silver - Oldie January 5, 2004
By snalen
For anyone who loves horror movies and has a robust sense of nostalgia, there is a certain warm and cosy feeling that creeps upon one on seeing that something is a Hammer Film Production. And here is one of the more durable products of that late lamented outfit. Nastassja Kinski, who would go on to become one of the iconic faces of 80s cinema in movies like "Tess", "Paris, Texas" and "Cat People" is Catherine who has been carefully raised by the sinister and ambiguously named Children of Our Lord sect in Germany to be rebaptised as a personification of the God Ashtaroth. Her dad Henry Beddoes (Denholm Elliott) is signed up to the conspiracy but loses his nerve and seeks help from a writer of supernatural horror fiction John Verney (Richard Widmark). So the movie is a conflict between the effective if rather out of is depth Verney and Chief Baddie Michael Rayner (Christopher Lee - who else?).
It isn't exactly terrifying. The climax is something of an anticlimax and there are misjudged touches such as the rather silly and not very frightening demom baby Catherine dreams about. But it's enormous fun. It looks great. Widmark and Lee are value for money. Kinski of course is gorgeous if a bit too passive to be very much else. And the show is completely stolen by Elliot. Cinema history is full of people - folk like Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, Bruce Willis, Russell Crowe - who were ever so good at depicting strong heroic types. But if it's weakness you want, Elliott really has no rival and his portrayal here of a weak man in a constant state of spineless abject fear is a brilliant illustration of that fact. Some much needed humour is supplied by splendid little cameos, most notably by Frances de la Tour as a zealous Salvation Army group leader and Brian Wilde as a pedantic old lady of a librarian. A minor classic. Definitely minor. But definitely classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Item as described. Would buy from again.
Published 11 days ago by Walter Presley
2.0 out of 5 stars To The Bargain Bin It Is Now Hereby Banished by Astaroth
Well folks, this really is 90 min. I'll never get back, alas. A pretty ignominious end to a once-great
studio is To The Devil A Daughter. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Scott D. Briggs
3.0 out of 5 stars To The Devil...A Daughter
I'm a big fan of Hammer films and horror films in general but this movie is pretty bad. I can't imagine a "modern" viewer finding this film scary or enjoyable, in fact it's... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Melissa Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Nastajia Kinski in her beginnings ....? What more can you want. My...
I heard there are two versions. I bought mine on VHS and its from the early 80's and I love this movie. But. I hear there is now a trimmed down version ? That would be a shame. Read more
Published 11 months ago by josh
5.0 out of 5 stars top 5 of all time!!!!
I just love this movie to death it is classic 1970s occult type movie. I've seen it about 6 times and it is just awesome I don't have the time to write a long review but trust me... Read more
Published 12 months ago by james ver weire
4.0 out of 5 stars great sequel to The Devil Rides Out
Hammer Studios upped their game after The Exorcist came out and changed the horror landscape. Some beautiful photography and gory scenes here. Read more
Published 14 months ago by James N. Potter
2.0 out of 5 stars Even Christopher Lee showing his butt couldn't save this film - which...
Even Christopher Lee showing his butt couldn't save this film - which is a pity, because it had potential... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Darth Maciek
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This represents everything I loved about 1970's horror: Mystery, occult, beauty. Yes, there is a full-nudity scene with a 17-year old girl, but it's not the focus of the film. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Christopher Ohn
3.0 out of 5 stars Hammer incarnation 1's penultimate feature: silly, but watchable.
<strong>To the Devil a Daughter</strong> (Peter Sykes, 1976)

One of those late-era Hammer films--it was, in fact, their penultimate feature before the studio went... Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars To The Audience A Dud
No, just kidding. I just wanted to have fun with the title like everyone else. And that title is so much fun to begin with. I've watched this two times. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by gooniemcfly
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