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Mark of the Devil Part II (1973)

Hexen geschändet und zu Tode gequält (original title)
A tribunal interrogates, tortures and murders "witches" and "heretics" during the Inquisition.

Director:

Adrian Hoven

Writers:

Michael Armstrong (as Sergio Casstner), Fred Denger | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Erika Blanc ... Elisabeth von Salmenau
Anton Diffring ... Balthasar von Ross
Percy Hoven Percy Hoven ... Alexander von Salmenau
Lukas Ammann ... Eminence
Jean-Pierre Zola ... Nicholas
Astrid Kilian Astrid Kilian ... Clementine
Ellen Umlauf ... Abbess
Harry Hardt
Rosemarie Heinikel Rosemarie Heinikel ... Pompanne (as Rosy Rosy)
Dietrich Kerky Dietrich Kerky ... Father Melchior
Johannes Buzalski ... Advocate
Reggie Nalder ... Natas
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Theatrical Trailer is on "Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues From Hell" DVD by Virgil Films and Entertainment. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US video featured a heavily cut print which had edits to the rape scenes, a beheading, the torture of the cook, and closeup shots of the priest's burnt foot. There were also minor reductions to the court scene and the final proclamation from the Emperor banning witch hunts. These scenes were all present in the Dutch video. See more »

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The day when burning witches became lame
1 February 2012 | by t_atzmuellerSee all my reviews

During the 1970's, following the success of Michael Reeves "Witchfinder General", the original "Mark of the Devil" and perhaps Jess Francos sleaze-fest "The Bloody Judge", there was a hype about films involving the torture and killing of witches.

However, the hype didn't live long, producers figuring that you can only torture, rack and burn a witch so many times before the audience gets bored and interest soon faded and "Mark of the Devil 2" (the original German title translating loosely as "Witches: Defiled and tortured to death") could not cash into the success of it's predecessors.

It may not only have been the end of a hype that doomed the film but the production itself: Director Adrian Hoven and his crew were veterans of so-called Folk-movies, which meant that they knew how to shoot a handsome scenario but didn't have a clue how to film a dark, gloomy and misanthropic film like "Mark of the Devil" – let alone, how to film grizzling scenes of torture and inquisition. The torture scenes are lame, the subplot drags on and about halfway through the film, the viewer wonders why he's even bothering to follow up the story.

Second problem is the cast: it's enjoyable to see the return of Nalder (whom the US-audience probably know best as vampire Mr. Barloff in Stephen Kings "Salems Lot") and Johannes Buzalski (a veteran of Germany's sleazy-raunchy sex comedies), returning to their roles in "Mark of the Devil" in all but name. However, there is no Herbert Lom, no Udo Kier, Herbert Fux or Olivera Katarina that would supply charm and charisma. Both protagonists and antagonists come across as pale, stiff, indeed, wooden and invoke none of the sympathy or disdain that the original cast invoked.

Perhaps completists need it in their collection but if you really want to know what all the fuss about the "Witchhunter movies" was all about – and it wasn't so much, compared to modern gore-fests like "Saw" or "Hostel" – then stick to the original films mentioned and give "Mark of the Devil 2" a pass.

4 out of 10 points and that is being generous.


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Country:

West Germany | UK

Language:

German

Release Date:

26 January 1973 (West Germany) See more »

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Mark of the Devil Part II See more »

Filming Locations:

Residenz zu Salzburg See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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