|Mark of the Devil|
Directed: Michael Armstrong
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Run Time: 98 Minutes
Once proclaimed as “positively the most horrifying film ever made”, Mark of the Devil finally arrives uncut in the UK.
A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devil sees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder’s apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black.
Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later penEskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years – especially now that British audiences can finally see it in one piece. – Arrow Video
Disc Format: Blu-Ray
One Scene seems a little grainy but the rest….. Colors pop and flesh tones look great. The PQ is also sharp making every detail noticeable on close-ups.
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|Theatrical release Date: February 19, 1970 (Germany)|
|Blu-Ray Disc release Date: March 17, 2015 (USA)|
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements – available uncut in the UK for the first time!
- Optional English and German audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Newly translated English subtitles for the German audio
- Audio commentary by Michael Armstrong, moderated by Calum Waddell
- Mark of the Times – exclusive feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions on the emergence of the ‘new wave’ of British horror directors that surfaced during the sixties and seventies, featuring contributions from Michael Armstrong, Norman J. Warren (Terror), David McGillivray (Frightmare), Professor Peter Hutchings (author of Hammer and Beyond) and famed film critic Kim Newman
- Hallmark of the Devil – author and critic Michael Gingold looks back at Hallmark Releasing, the controversial and confrontational distributor that introduced Mark of the Devil to American cinemas
- Interviews with composer Michael Holm and actors Udo Kier, Herbert Fux, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Schöner and Herbert Lom
- Mark of the Devil: Now and Then – a look at the film’s locations and how they appear today
- Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Anthony Nield, plus an interview with Reggie Nalder by David Del Valle, all illustrated with original stills and artwork
Mark of the Devil is A 70’s Horror film From Germany Originally called Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält (Witches Tortured Till They Bleed) and is filled with blood, burnings, Nudity, torture and Hot Chicks.
The film isn’t scary nor Jumpy but the horror comes from the Gore and Torture that makes you cringe at times in pain. The story is pretty good I think with evil men falsely accusing Witchery and other crimes so they can come ahead with pleasure or Money.
I feel this classic Horror/Cult film should be viewed by those who love old Horror films from the 70,s and 80’s that produces blood and pain. Its tongue ripping fun with great Blu-Ray Transfer and a fun torturing story (sorry I had to throw this in, its fun). Give it a shot
With everything said I give the film a 4 out of 5, But just a heads up it’s not scary as I cringe my teeth while I write this due to the guy I’m seeing now get stabbed to death. Damn you Devilish religion guy, Damn You
|Rating – 5 Star System|
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