Mark of the Devil (1969)
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Critic Reviews for Mark of the Devil
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.
The pic lacks the substance that made Michael Reeves' The Conqueror Worm a horror classic, as it too easily settles in to be solely a shocker torture-porn flick.
An early entry in the "sex and sadism" genre, this is an exploitation film with an intelligence behind it, but an exploitation film nonetheless...
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.
It's a curiosity alright, but more akin to a Monty Python feature (with its tits out) than to, say, The Devils (1971).
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Audience Reviews for Mark of the Devil
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.
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?
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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