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Demons of the Mind (1972)

Country of Origin: UK
Year of Production: 1972
Running Times: 89 mins
Length: 8,003 ft
Format: 35mm
Colour Format: Technicolor
Ratio:
Sound:


DIRECTION

Director: Peter Sykes


CREW

PRODUCTION
Production Company: Hammer Films
Producer: Frank Godwin
Production Manager: Christopher Neame
Production Supervisor: Roy Skeggs

SCRIPT
Script: Christopher Wicking
Story: Christopher Wicking, Frank Godwin

DIRECTION
Assistant Director: Ted Morley

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Arthur Grant
Camera Operator: Neil Binney

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Editor: Chris Barnes

MUSIC
Music: Harry Robinson (real name: Harry Robertson)
Musical Supervisor: Philip Martell

SOUND
Recording Director: A.W. Lumkin
Sound Recordist: John Purchese
Dubbing Mixer: Len Abbott
Sound Editor: Terry Poulton
Sound System: RCA

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Wardrobe Supervisor: Rosemary Burrows
Wardrobe Mistress: Eileen Sullivan
Make Up: Trevor Crole-Rees
Hair: Maud Onslow

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Michael Stringer
Assistant Art Director: Bill Brodie
Construction Manager: Bill Greene

MISCELLANEOUS
Continuity: Gladys Goldsmith

LOCATIONS
Locations: EMI/MGM Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, England

CASTING
Casting Director: James Liggat


CAST

Paul Jones (Carl Richter)
Patrick Magee (Dr Falkenberg)
Yvonne Mitchell (Aunt Hilda)
Robert Hardy (Count Zorn)
Gillian Hills (Elizabeth Zorn)
Michael Hordern (priest)
Kenneth J. Warren (Klaus)
Shane Briant (Emil Zorn)
Virginia Wetherell (Inge)
Deidre Costello (Magda)
Barry Stanton (Ernst)
Sidonie Ward (Countess Zorn)
Robert Brown (Fischinger)
Thomas Heathcote (coachman)
John Atkinson (1st villager)
George Cormack (2nd villager)
Mary Hignett (matronly woman)
Sheila Raynor (old crone)
Jan Adair (1st girl)
Jane Cardew (2nd girl)


PLOT SUMMARY

Baron Zorn has imprisoned his two incestuous children Elizabeth and Emil in his gloomy mansion. Discredited scientist Professor Falkenberg and his student Carl are duped into trying to cure the adolescent siblings but soon realise that the cause of the family madness is Zorn himself. After shooting Falkenberg, Zorn sets out to hunt down his children who have escaped captivity...


CAPSULE REVIEW

Made by Hammer as Michael Carreras took over the production slate of the company, Demons of the Mind was one of four movies that bombed at the box office and began to sound the death knell for the company. Originally the two young possessed were meant to be lycanthropes and the script, despite its intriguing diversions and characters, desperately needs a central threat. Well acted and directed, it's an interesting misfire.


AVAILABILITY

UK
Theatrical Distributor: Nat Cohen/Anglo-EMI Film Distributors

USA
Theatrical Distributor: International Coproductions
Video Distributors: Academy Entertainment; Home Box Office (HBO) Home Video; Republic Pictures Corporation
DVD Distributors: Anchor Bay (DV11927)


CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Norway
Rating: 18

UK
Rating: X; 18
Cut by 18 seconds in 1990 for video release.

USA
Rating: R


TIMELINE

1971
December
12: UK - rated X by the BBFC (for theatrical release)

1972
November

5: UK - theatrical release

1987
November

4: UK - television broadcast (on Thames Television)

1998
October

3: UK - television broadcast (on Channel Four)


ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Blood Evil
Blood Will Have Blood
Dämonen der Seele
- German title
Demons de l'esprit, Les - Belgian title
Nightmare of Terror
Rode kamers van de geest, De
- Belgian title
Rose rosse per il demonio
- Italian title


REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

Cinefantastique vol.5 no.1 (Spring 1976) p.29 (USA)
review

The Dark Side no.47 (July 1995) pp.181-9 (UK)
review (by Allan Bryce)

The House That Hammer Built no.8 (April 1998) pp.429-430 (UK)
illustrated credits, synopsis, review

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.39 no.466 (November 1972) p.229 (UK)
credits, synopsis, review

Today's Cinema no.9932 (17 August 1971) p.4 (UK)
credits

Today's Cinema no.9934 (24 August 1971) pp.4-5 (UK)
review

BOOKS

Ten Years of Terror pp.93-94
illustrated credits, synopsis, review (by Nigel Burrell)


KEYWORDS

castles, demons, monsters, the supernatural


Last Updated: 1 January, 2009

 


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