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½ February 26, 2015
Mid 1970s British horror about a killer Roman Catholic Priest.
The Priest preys on mainly young females driving them mad and on the brink of suicide with his behaviour.
The behaviour includes recording 'confidential' confessional conversations, attacking and maiming loved ones and having an unhealthy obsession with his elderly mother.
The film I learned by watching the DVD extras was made by a filmmaker called Pete Walker whose speciality was low budget, British, controversial horror films.
I will definitely check more of his work out.
The cast includes a young Stephanie Beacham.
½ June 18, 2013
Jenny is stalked by an obsessed priest in THE CONFESSIONAL, from 1976! Pete Walker returns with another fiendish plot as he lashes out against the questionable methods of the Catholic church. When Jenny wanders in to the wrong confessional booth, her sins are recorded and used to blackmail her into submission by the crazed Father Meldrum, who has suffered from years of sexual repression from his mother and the church. Walker quickly sets the mood for mystery and suspense, while creating a constant sense of unease as the wayward priest presses his parishioners for more lurid details about their personal lives in order to "absolve" them of their sins. When that doesn't work, Meldrum enforces his own deadly form of penance upon his victims! Anthony Sharp is wickedly entertaining as Father Meldrum, who is joined by Walker favorite Sheila Keith as his permissive assistant. Susan Penhaligon and Norman Eshley are quite enjoyable as Jenny and Father Cutler, as well. THE CONFESSIONAL is a twisted and sadistic little shocker that is sure to please fans of ALICE, SWEET ALICE and ABSOLUTION.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
Super Reviewer
½ December 11, 2012
Some Seventies 42nd street swil, not a bad movie, 2 1/2 stars 12-7=12
June 30, 2012
Mildly entertaining trash.
March 13, 2012
Definitely my last favorite Walker film.
½ December 20, 2009
"The House of Mortal Sin" is a riproaring entertainment; intensity from Anthony Sharp (familiar as C of E cleric in "Steptoe and Son"), who treads the line between tragic and comic with true melodramatic command. Susan Penhaligon and Stephanie Beacham provide distinctively 1970s charms. A fine piece of British genre filmmaking, that matches the more acclaimed "Frightmare" and "The House of Whipcord".
December 10, 2007
Although the synopsis doesn't even to begin to explain what the movie was actually about, still a decent 70s horror flick. If only because someone was actually strangled with a rosary.
October 4, 2007
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.
July 9, 2007
Wonderfully overplayed and very British mix of menace and melodrama.

Anthony Sharp is stupendous value as a tormented Catholic priest 'preying on his flock', heh heh heh!

Some wonderfully seventies decor, garb and acres of wonderfully choreographed bad taste...
½ June 29, 2007
Boring drama. Had it's creepy moments.
May 30, 2007
Now there's a cool priest!!
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