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also known as Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält

Mark of the Devil1970

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  • 3.6
Count Christian von Meruh (Udo Kier) is a witch hunter apprentice to Lord Cumberland (Herbert Lom). He believes strongly in his mentor and in the ways of the church but loses faith when he catches Lord Cumberland strangle a man to death. The witch trials are nothing but a scam of the church to seduce women and rob people of their land and money. In the end, the townspeople revolt, Herbert Lom escapes and poor Christian von Meruh is tortured to death by the townspeople.

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Among the best films to sink its exploitative claws into the world of 18th century witch-hunters and their ghastly torture methods. The production values are half-decent and there are some clever ideas (I love the moment when a guy is stabbed in the eye and the movie cuts to a psychedelic montage), but it's still a grimy film, which is all the better. There might not be a polite way to tell this story. Voluptuous Olivera Vuco spends the whole movie bursting out of bodices ready to be ripped by prune-faced witch-hunter Reggie Nalder, who thinks that any woman who resists his clammy advances is a heretic. Meanwhile, director Michael Armstrong lingers over bloody torture scenes in fine freak show fashion. It's more titillation than education, but this slimy thing makes a point that resonates today. It's simple: People who are fixated on the punishment of others are often into it because it turns them on sexually. Justice stops and sadism begins when you start having fun. Sounds like a life lesson to me.

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Among the best films to sink its exploitative claws into the world of 18th century witch-hunters and their ghastly torture methods. The production values are half-decent and there are some clever ideas (I love the moment when a guy is stabbed in the eye and the movie cuts to a psychedelic montage), but it's still a grimy film, which is all the better. There might not be a polite way to tell this story. Voluptuous Olivera Vuco spends the whole movie bursting out of bodices ready to be ripped by prune-faced witch-hunter Reggie Nalder, who thinks that any woman who resists his clammy advances is a heretic. Meanwhile, director Michael Armstrong lingers over bloody torture scenes in fine freak show fashion. It's more titillation than education, but this slimy thing makes a point that resonates today. It's simple: People who are fixated on the punishment of others are often into it because it turns them on sexually. Justice stops and sadism begins when you start having fun. Sounds like a life lesson to me.

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Possibly the first torture porn in movie history. Good gore sequences and witch burning plus Herbert Lom in a wig and Udo Kier looking very dashing indeed.

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good movie

It's about witch trials and corruption

does she weigh as much as a duck?