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Blu-ray Review – Mark of the Devil (1970)

Mark of the Devil, 1970.

Directed by Michael Armstrong.

Starring Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina, Reggie Nalder and Herbert Fux.

Synopsis:

Apprentice witch hunter Udo Kier comes to realise that his mentor Herbert Lom may not have the best of intentions when it comes to deciding who is guilty of witchcraft.

A notorious folk horror film from the golden era of post-Witchfinder General movies that relished in showing medieval practises for what they really were, Mark of the Devil was notable for being the first movie that was “Rated V for Violence” – or so the advertising campaign claimed – and for Us cinemas supplying vomit bags to accompany the “Positively the Most Horrifying Film Ever Made” tagline.

Although in 2014 that tag obviously no longer applies, Mark of the Devil is still quite a brutal film when put into context and is in many ways superior to Witchfinder General, the film

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