Mark of the Devil

Overview

Released as Mark of the Devil to U.S. theaters (accompanied by complimentary barf-bags for squeamish patrons with urpy tendencies), this gory torture-fest was produced in Germany under the title of Hexen bis aufs Blut Gequält (Witches Tortured Till They Bleed). The story is comprised of equal parts Ken Russell's The Devils and Michael Reeves' sardonic Witchfinder General (aka The Conqueror Worm). It involves the demented Count Cumberland (Herbert Lom), an Austrian nobleman who implements the witch-hunting ...
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Overview

Released as Mark of the Devil to U.S. theaters (accompanied by complimentary barf-bags for squeamish patrons with urpy tendencies), this gory torture-fest was produced in Germany under the title of Hexen bis aufs Blut Gequält (Witches Tortured Till They Bleed). The story is comprised of equal parts Ken Russell's The Devils and Michael Reeves' sardonic Witchfinder General (aka The Conqueror Worm). It involves the demented Count Cumberland (Herbert Lom), an Austrian nobleman who implements the witch-hunting policies of the Inquisition as a means of obtaining land, riches, and nubile young wenches -- particularly the lovely Vanessa (Olivera Vuco), who has been accused of heresy and witchcraft. Cumberland's accomplice in the torture and terror, Baron Christian Von Mem (Udo Kier), realizes too late that his mentor is the true evil stalking the land, not the terrified innocents whose "trials" are a mockery of justice. Christian is sacrificed to the enraged villagers during the inevitable revolt at the film's climax, while the Count makes a hasty escape -- thus enabling the birth of a sequel, Mark of the Devil Part 2. Both films were repackaged in the mid-70's and released in time to join the ranks of the European demon-possession subgenre (American release ads proudly proclaimed "Damn The Exorcist!"). The barf-bags were not entirely unjustified for this graphically sadistic exercise which assaulted audiences with explicit scenes of torture, including the removal of one poor victim's tongue.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Michael Armstrong; Fear and Loathing in Austria - interview with star Udo Kier; The Devil's Torturer - interview with star Herbert Fux; Burn, Gaby, Burn! - interview with star Gabu Fuchs; The Devil's Assaulted - interview with star Ingeborg Shöner; Theatrical trailer; Radio spots; Poster & still galleries
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • UPC: 827058106399
  • Original Release: 1969
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,143

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Herbert Lom Cumberland
Olivera Vuco Vanessa
Udo Kier Christian
Reggie Nalder Albino, the witchfinder
Inge Schoener
Michael Maien
Adrian Hoven
Johannes Buzalski
Dorothea Carrera
Gaby Fuchs
Herbert Fux Chief Executioner
Curd Jurgens
Günter Clemens
Technical Credits
Michael Armstrong Director
Sergio Casstner Screenwriter
Michael Holm Score Composer
Adrian Hoven Producer
Sigrun Jaeger Editor
Ernst W. Kalinke Cinematographer
Max Mellin Art Director
Percy G. Parker Screenwriter
Dodie Shepard Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:55]
2. Tarred & Feathered [2:38]
3. Funeral Pyre Pronouncement [2:56]
4. The Proclamation [3:30]
5. Conspiracy & Accusation [5:22]
6. Confronting Albino [1:47]
7. Guest of the Castle [5:39]
8. Private Indictment [5:01]
9. Lord Cumberland [7:36]
10. Witchfinder's Apprentice [2:12]
11. Turn of the Screw [3:52]
12. Stretched & Branded [2:09]
13. Coitus Interruptus [3:29]
14. The Baron's New Throne [2:31]
15. Blasphemer's Tongue [2:50]
16. Insinuating Impotence [4:46]
17. Flaming Hypocrisy [5:14]
18. Marionettes [3:53]
19. Chinese Water Torture [5:15]
20. Coerced Confession [3:45]
21. Bartered Freedom [3:58]
22. Defiance [4:03]
23. Uprising [6:46]
24. Lynch Mob/The End [4:18]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Featurettes
         Fear and Loathing in Austria - Interview With Star Udo Kier
         The Devil's Torturer - Interview With Star Herbert Fux
         Burn, Gaby, Burn! - Interview With Star Gaby Fuchs
         The Devil's Assaulted - Interview With Star Ingeborg Shöner
      Audio Commentary
         Audio Commentary With Director Michael Armstrong: On
         Audio Commentary With Director Michael Armstrong: Off
      Theatrical Trailer
      Radio Spots
         Radio Spot #1
         Radio Spot #2
         Radio Spot #3
      Poster & Still Galleries
         Posters
         Lobby Cards
         Color Stills
         Black & White Stills
         Behind-the-Scenes
         Deleted Scene
         Pressbooks
         Soundtrack
         Video
         Credits
   Play
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