Mark of the Devil
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"Sickening, Ghastly & Revolting" -- Creature Features Movie Guide
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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...
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.
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.Read more ›
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I had to see this after hearing that the director of family fare JOHN WATERS mentioned this film. He derided it because it was NOT good, NOT funny and just a general WASTE of... Read morePublished 20 days ago by gcd
What gave it away ? The cover art perhaps ? Honestly , I'm a retro horror enthusiast who was truly knocked out by such an interesting cast in such a "difficult" picture . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hammer + Jazz
Have never gotten this out of my mind since seeing it at drive-in theater as a little girl - my stepsister took us. This played along with Scream, Blackula, Scream.Published 5 months ago by Tracy
I haven't seen this movie in it's entirety, ever. My parents took my little brother and I to the drive-in to see Bedknobs and Broomsticks when it was released. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Connie Hamilton
it says uncensored, there is what looks like toucan poop covering a bloody face. is there a version that doesn't?Published 9 months ago by big guy
Just as good today as it was in the 70's. A must see if you haven't seen it. If you have seen it worth watching again and again.Published 17 months ago by Henry Rose
It wasnt the one i remember. Some parts were edited. I wanted the orginal complete movie, The one that was banned, Not a cleaned up version.Published 19 months ago by Donna J. Mcgahen