Monday, 4 June 2012

Mark of the Devil (1970)

Okay, so the plot of this is pretty funny.  Udo Kier plays Count Christian Von Meruh, an apprentice to witch hunter Lord Cumberland, played by Herbert Lom.  Count Christian begins to lose faith in his mentor and the church that he used to strongly adhere to after catching his master strangling Albino (Reggie Nalder) for calling him impotent.  Soon Christian discovers that the witch hunting is a scam and Christian is captured by the townspeople.  Sounds pretty funny, doesn't it?

This isn't a comedy, and with cheesy dubbing an exception, it isn't a funny movie.  Or shouldn't be anyway, but I must admit I had some giggles at certain parts but that's due to my own depraved sense of humor.  Mostly though, this is a pretty nasty exploitation sleazesfest in terms of themes, but comes out pretty tame in execution, and due to the changing of the times and movies that have happened since, you might be like me and find it mostly ineffective.  That's not to say it doesn't have it's sinister moments though - tongues being ripped and nun rape for instance.

However, despite it being tamer than it's reputation may lead you to belive (bare in mind this was made in 1970 and was probably hard hitting then), it is a good movie.  I'd check it out if you're a fan of exploitation movies or movies of historical significance (apparently it's based on real documents).... or if you like seeing people being whipped and children locked in cells.

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