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To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

R | | Horror | July 1976 (USA)
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An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.

Director:

Peter Sykes

Writers:

Christopher Wicking (screenplay by) (as Chris Wicking), John Peacock (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... John Verney
Christopher Lee ... Father Michael Raynor
Honor Blackman ... Anna Fountain
Denholm Elliott ... Henry Beddows
Michael Goodliffe ... George de Grass
Nastassja Kinski ... Catherine Beddows
Eva Maria Meineke ... Eveline de Grass
Anthony Valentine ... David Kennedy
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Bishop
Izabella Telezynska Izabella Telezynska ... Margaret (as Isabella Telezynska)
Constantine Gregory ... Kollde (as Constantin de Goguel)
Anna Bentinck Anna Bentinck ... Isabel
Irene Prador Irene Prador ... German Matron
Brian Wilde ... Black Room Attendant
Petra Peters ... Sister Helle
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Storyline

An excommunicated priest sets up a satanic cult that only looks Catholic on the outside. He convinces a man to sign over his daughter's soul so that she will become the devil's representative on earth on her eighteenth birthday, but as that day nears, the man seeks the help of an American occult novelist to save his daughter, both physically and spiritually. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Warning! This Motion Picture Contains The Most Shocking Scenes This Side Of Hell! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To the Devil... a Daughter See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of John Verney's (Richard Widmark's) latest occult novel that he had written was "The Devil Talks Among Us". Actually, the title which is clearly seen is "The Devil Walks Among Us". See more »

Goofs

A very large red or orange drawbridge between two docks can be seen through a window behind Richard Widmark. At 35:33 it can be seen moving slowly to a fully vertical position. At 36:26 it is back down between the two docks. At 37:29 it starts to rise again from the horizontal position. At 37:48 it is back down between the two docks. These timings are from the British DVD. See more »

Quotes

Father Michael Rayner: Whatever she does now must be out of her own free will.
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Connections

Referenced in American Horror Story: Rubber Man (2011) See more »

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Not Hammer's Best, But Probably Far From Their Worst
4 September 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

An American occult novelist (Richard Widmark) battles to save the soul of a young nun (Nastassja Kinski) from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest (Christopher Lee), who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.

As a White Zombie fan, I was thrilled to hear the Latin of the excommunication scene and finally know where one of their best songs took its clips from. That alone makes the movie satisfying (though it hardly carries the entire film).

Despite being a Hammer film and featuring Christopher Lee, the film does not seem well-liked by many people. IMDb rates it below a 6 and Rotten Tomatoes has it holding a 17% approval rating. I feel obligated to defend it, if even just a little bit. I mean, wow, what a truly creepy and disturbing birthing ritual -- the blood, the bondage, Lee's diabolical grin... Oh, and that other ritual...

I would say this film is a winner, despite the harsh criticism people seem to have for it. Some parts are a bit slow or bland, but the overall story is interesting and the imagery is fascinating. A lot of work was put into this one.


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