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In the Devil's Garden (1971)

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After one schoolgirl is raped while taking a short cut through the local woods, and another is murdered in the same woods a few days later, the local police are baffled. With the help of a ... See full summary »

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Sidney Hayers

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John Kruse, Kendal Young (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzy Kendall ... Julie West
Frank Finlay ... Det. Chief Supt. Velyan
Freddie Jones ... Reporter
James Laurenson ... Greg Lomax
Lesley-Anne Down ... Tessa Hurst
Tony Beckley ... Leslie Sanford
Anthony Ainley ... Mr. Bartell
Dilys Hamlett ... Mrs. Sanford
James Cosmo ... Det. Sgt. Beale
Patrick Jordan Patrick Jordan ... Sgt. Milton
Allan Cuthbertson ... Coroner
Anabel Littledale Anabel Littledale ... Susan Miller
Tom Chatto ... Police Doctor
Kit Taylor Kit Taylor ... Doctor
Jan Butlin Jan Butlin ... Day Receptionist
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Storyline

After one schoolgirl is raped while taking a short cut through the local woods, and another is murdered in the same woods a few days later, the local police are baffled. With the help of a reporter from one of the local papers, and against the wishes of a psychologist at the local hospital, a young teacher at the school the girls attended uses herself as bait to lure the perpetrator out. Could it be the creepy husband of the head mistress at the school, the psychologist who seems to be taking an unusual interest in the case, or something altogether more sinister? Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Here Satan satisfies his only human desire... See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Crime | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Satan's Playthings See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Peter Rogers also produced "Carry On..." series of light comedy films for the UK audience. See more »

Goofs

When Tessa leaves school, she is wearing her knee socks. However, when she is attacked she is wearing nylons. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the U.S. release, the film was edited to avoid an "X" rating. In the early 1990s, the uncensored version was given an "NC-17" rating by the MPAA, but was never officially released in the U.S., save for its availability on VSoM. See more »

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Good period chiller reminds me of the forgotten "I start counting".
8 May 2004 | by biggeeSee all my reviews

The film is typical of its time, with the lighting, camera work and fashion giving a clear indication of 1969 to 1971 British cinema.

It is not scary, but there is reasonable suspense and enjoyment.

My main reason for commenting is has anyone else noticed the very strong similarities with the brilliant (but sadly never shown) "I start counting"?

There is the same fashion, the similar colour technique which is surprising given this is Eastman and "I start" is De Luxe, an emphasis on short skirts, an unknown serial assailant who is revealed at the end but throughout most of the film the viewers attention is diverted to other suspects. There is also the woods where the events take place; the atmosphere in the woodland scenes is very similar. Finally, there is a young and good looking central character in both, Lesley-Anne Down and Jenny Agutter

Watch the film if you enjoy late 60's, early 70's Britain and a bit of suspense.


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