House of Mortal Sin (The Confessional) (1975)





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British sleaze artist Pete Walker applies his characteristic sleazy, ultra-violent touch to this audacious, Catholic-bashing tale. A deranged, sex-mad priest (Anthony Sharpe) exploits the sanctity of his office as a means of harassing young women who confide their sins in his confessional, recording their confessions in order to blackmail them into doing his vile bidding. Eventually, evidence of these transgressions reaches other members of his parish (including his mother), prompting him to bump them off in creative ways, utilizing the trappings of his profession -- strangulation by rosary, arsenic-laced communion wafers, bludgeoning by incense burner, etc. Much criticism has been leveled against this film for its unabashed attacks on Catholicism, but it's really Walker's trademark amoral approach to filmmaking that elicits a strong urge to take a hot bath after viewing. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
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Anthony Sharp
as Father Xavier Meldrum
Susan Penhaligon
as Jenny Welch
Stephanie Beacham
as Vanessa Welch
Norman Eshley
as Father Bernard Cutler
Sheila Keith
as Miss Brabazon
Kim Butcher
as Valerie
Bill Kerr
as Davey
Ivor Salter
as Gravedigger
Hilda Barry
as Mrs. Meldrum
Mervyn Johns
as Father Duggan
Julia McCarthy
as Mrs. Davey
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Critic Reviews for House of Mortal Sin (The Confessional)

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In the end, there are more pros than con with House of Mortal Sin, but Walker feels constipated with this effort, unsure if he wants to court controversy or make a cracking chiller.

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August 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for House of Mortal Sin (The Confessional)


Some Seventies 42nd street swil, not a bad movie, 2 1/2 stars 12-7=12

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I'm so in love with Walker's FRIGHTMARE that this engaging but credibility-stretching thriller can't help but let me down a bit. Still worth a look, though.

Tony  Kay
Tony Kay

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