Mark of the Devil (1969)

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Released as Mark of the Devil to U.S. theaters (accompanied by complimentary barf-bags for squeamish patrons with urpy tendencies), this gory torture-fest was produced in Germany under the title of Hexen bis aufs Blut Gequält (Witches Tortured Till They Bleed). The story is comprised of equal parts Ken Russell's The Devils and Michael Reeves' sardonic Witchfinder General (aka The Conqueror Worm). It involves the demented Count Cumberland (Herbert Lom), an Austrian nobleman who implements the … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Classics, Cult Movies
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 26, 2004
Runtime:
Cheezy Flicks Entertainment

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as Cumberland

as Vanessa

as Christian

as Albino the witchfind...

as Chief Executioner
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Critic Reviews for Mark of the Devil

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Though the Pioneer is reviving this picture's original barf-bag-at-the-door promo gimmick, there's about a 50 percent chance it'll be more useful to save it for watching the returns on Election Night.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
Village Voice
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Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 30, 2006
Time Out
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An early entry in the "sex and sadism" genre, this is an exploitation film with an intelligence behind it, but an exploitation film nonetheless...

Full Review… | April 25, 2015
Parallax View

Horror fans will want to see this grindhouse classic, and I give it a slight recommendation. It's worth seeing once, but be warned. Have your barf bag handy.

Full Review… | March 27, 2015
Movie Chambers

It's a curiosity alright, but more akin to a Monty Python feature (with its tits out) than to, say, The Devils (1971).

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for Mark of the Devil

½

This movie was a gross out banned smash hit when it made its way into theaters. And all this without the creepy Vincent Price. Still a young and hunky Udo Kier does manage to bring some gravitas with his steely blue eyes, though as the conscience of the movie, he does not have a lot to do. Olivera Vuco and Ingeborg Schöner really steal the show with their strong but damsely distress. Not to mention the Albino and his sniveling underling who are both so odious they make the bloody torture all that more disgusting.

½

I think I may've liked this more had it been interested in doing anything beyond showing how cruel the witchfinders were in their time, and the asshole actually gets away with it in the end of the film, denying us of the satisfaction of his comeuppance.

Knowing where it ends, I might be able to enjoy it more on a re-watch without going into it with the same expectations.

Rental?

½

One of the few exploitation films that takes itself seriously, which in effect gives the sickening gore some purpose, and for its time this film is noble in comparison to later sleaze works. Unfortunately, its efforts have potential only.

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