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May 1974 (USA) See more »
They came to torture an agonised mind
A physician discovers that two children are being kept virtually imprisoned in their house by their father. He investigates, and discovers a web of sex, incest and satanic possession. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Robert Hardy ... Zorn

Shane Briant ... Emil
Gillian Hills ... Elizabeth

Yvonne Mitchell ... Hilda
Paul Jones ... Carl Richter

Patrick Magee ... Falkenberg
Kenneth J. Warren ... Klaus

Michael Hordern ... Priest

Robert Brown ... Fischinger
Virginia Wetherell ... Inge
Deirdre Costello ... Magda

Barry Stanton ... Ernst
Sidonie Bond ... Zorn's Wife
Thomas Heathcote ... Coachman
John Atkinson ... 1st Villager
George Cormack ... 2nd Villager

Mary Hignett ... Matronly Woman

Sheila Raynor ... Old Crone
Jan Adair ... 1st Girl

Jane Cardew ... 2nd Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Glenda Allen ... Girl (uncredited)
Richard Beaumont ... Young Emil (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Villager Carrying Torch (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Sykes 
Writing credits
Christopher Wicking (screenplay)

Christopher Wicking (from an original story by) and
Frank Godwin (from an original story by)

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... producer
Frank Godwin .... producer
Original Music by
Harry Robertson  (as Harry Robinson)
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Barnes 
Casting by
James Liggat 
Production Design by
Michael Stringer (designer)
Makeup Department
Trevor Crole-Rees .... makeup artist
Maude Onslow .... hairdresser (as Maud Onslow)
Production Management
Christopher Neame .... production manager
Roy Skeggs .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Morley .... assistant director
Graham Fowler .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Roger Stock .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bill Brodie .... assistant art director
Bill Greene .... construction manager
Sound Department
Len Abbott .... dubbing mixer
A.W. Lumkin .... recording director
Terry Poulton .... sound editor
John Purchese .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe supervisor
Eileen Sullivan .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
Other crew
Nat Cohen .... presenter
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Philip Campbell .... production runner (uncredited)
Caroline Langley .... production secretary (uncredited)
Edna Thomas .... unit publicist (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Blood Evil" -
"Blood Will Have Blood" -
"Nightmare of Terror" -
"Les démons de l'esprit" - Belgium (French title), France
"Демоны в мыслях" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Besat af daemoner" - Denmark
"Dämonen der Seele" - West Germany
"De rode kamers van de geest" - Belgium (Flemish title)
"Demonene vakner" - Denmark
"Demonernas makt" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"Demonios da Mente" - Brazil
"Demony wyobrazni" - Poland
"Los demonios de la mente" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Oi daimonismenoi" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Paholaisen vallassa" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Rose rosse per il demonio" - Italy
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89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:M (re-rating) (1984) | Australia:RC (original rating) (1972-1984) | Finland:K-18 (2010) (self applied) | France:16 | Germany:16 (2017) | Norway:18 | Spain:13 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2006) (uncut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1990) (cut) | USA:R

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John Atkinson is dubbed.See more »
Emil:They say they love us, but I could kill them for what they have done to you.See more »
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Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) (V)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Not your typical Hammer film., 4 July 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

The folks at Hammer Studios take one of their usual Gothic environments and use it for a more cerebral and subtle film than what their fans are used to. The title really does make it quite clear: the "demons" here are those that dwell in the human mind, affecting mental stability and having a profound effect on the next generation. It does take the time to include some more exploitable elements - namely, gore and nudity - but these moments feel gratuitous given the nature of the balance of the film.

It takes place in Bavaria where a Baron named Zorn (Robert Hardy) is afraid of his children, afraid that they have inherited the madness of their predecessors. They do seem to be showing the signs. More than anything, the Baron is convinced that they are possessed. A self styled psychiatrist named Falkenberg (Patrick Magee) and his young associate Carl (Paul Jones, formerly of the band Manfred Mann) arrive on the scene, using radical methods to probe the psyche of father and children (Gillian Hills, Shane Briant). Meanwhile, the local villagers are convinced of the existence of demons, and spurred on by a wandering priest (Michael Hordern), they determine to take care of the problem.

"Demons of the Mind" does appear to divide the audience, but this viewer would consider himself in the camp that considers this one of the more interesting and hence more effective of the latter day Hammer productions. Australian director Peter Sykes creates a suitably eerie atmosphere, which is enhanced by wonderfully spooky music composed by Harry Robertson. The script by Christopher Wicking is heavy on symbolism, and it offers meaty roles to a sterling bunch of actors, with the under-rated Hardy delivering the goods in a particularly great role. Magee is fun as always as the hard-driving psychiatrist, and good looking pair Hills and Briant are affecting as the troubled kids.

The film does end on a very Hammer-esque note with angry torch bearing villagers set for a final confrontation, but getting there is every bit as enjoyable. Those horror fans looking for different offerings from Hammer are advised to give this one a look.

Eight out of 10.

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