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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: #119,471 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 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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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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THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER (1973) is yet one more excellent made-for-TV-movie dealing w/ an occult / satanic story-line. This time, Beelzebub is up to his old, fiendish tricks again, fathering a child w/ a human woman named Alice Shaw (Diane Ladd- EMBRYO, WILD AT HEART, INLAND EMPIRE). Years later, the hell-spawn, named Diane Shaw (Belinda J. Montgomery), is all grown up. She finds herself in the care of her dear Aunt Lilith (Shelly Winters- THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, LOLITA, WHOEVER SLEW AUNTIE ROO?, CLEOPATRA JONES, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE) and her strange, mute chauffeur, Mr. Howard (Jonathon Frid- TV's DARK SHADOWS, SEIZURE), seemingly unaware of her malevolent parentage. Soon, Lilith, along w/ her creepy friends, crowd in on Diane, who is slow to interpret the demonic goings-on. Not even the huge portrait of Satan in Lilith's living room can penetrate Diane's naive persona. It's only when she begins having devilish nightmares, and is stalked by hellish minions, that Diane starts to wonder about things. As 70's devil movies go, TDD is a superior entry, w/ Ms. Winters providing more than her share of brilliant, scenery-devouring antics. Frid is also quite good in his silent role. Watch for Abe Vigoda (THE GODFATHER, JOE VS. THE VOLCANO), Joseph Cotten (LADY FRANKENSTEIN), Ian Wolfe (THE SENTINEL), and Robert Foxworth (THE ASTRAL FACTOR, DAMIEN: OMEN 2, THE PROPHECY) in small, but perfectly eeevil roles. Highly recommended for fans of these ominous, entertaining films...
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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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It's a very good TV movie with a lot of great names in the roles. I have the disc from Wild Eye and wish they had really gotten a better print of this film. Especially at the beginning there is some color flashing and later at one of the breaks there is a bit of splicey dialogue. Would like to see more of these older TV movies released.
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