Once proclaimed as positively the most horrifying film ever made , Mark of the Devil finally arrives uncut in the UK.
A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devilsees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder s apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black.
Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later penEskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years especially now that British audiences can finally see it in one piece.
Format: UK Blu-Ray + DVD (Region B)
Country/Year: West Germany/1970
Director: Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven
Actors: Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina
Languages: English, German
Picture Format: 16x9 Widescreen 1.66:1
Sound: Audio Mono 1.0
Length: 108 Minutes
* Audio commentary by Michael Armstrong, moderated by Calum Waddell.
* Mark of the Times - exclusive feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions on the emergence of the ‘new wave’ of British horror directors that surfaced during the sixties and seventies, featuring contributions from Michael Armstrong, Norman J. Warren (Terror), David McGillivray (Frightmare), Professor Peter Hutchings (author of Hammer and Beyond) and famed film critic Kim Newman.
* Hallmark of the Devil - author and critic Michael Gingold looks back at Hallmark Releasing, the controversial and confrontational distributor that introduced Mark of the Devil to American cinemas.
* Interviews with composer Michael Holm and actors Udo Kier, Herbert Fux, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Schöner and Herbert Lom.
* Mark of the Devil: Now and Then - a look at the film’s locations and how they appear today.
* Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.
* Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Anthony Nield, plus an interview with Reggie Nalder by David Del Valle, all illustrated with original stills and artwork.