Disciple of Death (1972)

UK, 1972
84m, 7562 feet
35mm film, colour

A British horror film directed by Tom Parkinson and Mike Raven using the pseudonym Churton Fairman.

Plot Summary

A squire’s daughter, Julia, and her lover pledge their love with a blood mixing ceremony that accidentally revives “the stranger”, a suicide who is brought back from Hell to find virgin sacrifices for Satan himself. If he can find one willing victim, he will be released from an eternity of damnation.


* = uncredited

A film by: Tom Parkinson and Churton Fairman [real name: Mike Raven]
© MCMLXXII [1972] Chromage Productions Ltd.
Produced in association with Allan King Associates (England) Limited. A film by Tom Parkinson and Churton Fairman [real name: Mike Raven]
Associate Producer: Carl Mannin
Additional Dialogue: Montague Haltrecht
1st Assistant Director: Roger Inman
Continuity: Renee Glynne
Lighting Cameraman: William Brayne
Camera Operator: Tommy Fletcher
Focus: Jimmy Dibbling
Chief Electrician: Bill Francis Chick Brock
Chief Grip: Jimmy Waters
Editor: Richard Key
Assistant Editor: Janice Davidson
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach *
Music Arranged and Played by: Robert Cornford
Sound Recordist: Christian Wangler
Boom Operator: David John
Dubbing Mixer: Tony Anscombe
Dubbing Editor: Rodney Holland
Wardrobe: Ernie Farrar
Make up: Frank Turner
Hairdresser: Katie Dawson
Art Director: Denys Pavitt
Property Master: David Merchant
Construction: Tommy Warren
Production Assistant: Lucy Marques
Made on location in North Cornwall [Boscastle] and at Twickenham Studios England

Mike Raven (stranger)
Ronald Lacey (Parson)
Stephen Bradley (Ralph)
Betty Alberge (squire’s wife)
Nicholas Amer (Melchisedech)
George Belbin (squire)
Joe Dunlop (Mathew)
Rusty Goffe (dwarf)
Louise Jameson (Betty)
Virginia Wetherell (Ruth)
Marguerite Hardiman (Julia)
Daisika (gypsy)



  • Cinefantastique vol.3 no.2 Spring 1974) p.31 – review
  • CinemaTV Today no.9998 (16 September 1972 p.17 – review
  • Little Shoppe of Horrors no.4 (April 1978) p.15 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.39 n466 November 1972) p.230 – credits, synopsis, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.251 – illustrated credits, review
  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn p.210
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.232
  • Film Review 1972-1973 by F. Maurice Speed p.217 – credits
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena p.96
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.99
  • Ten Years of Terror edited by Harvey Fenton and David Flint pp.141-142 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review (by Kim Newman)
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.79
  • X-cert 2: The British Independent Horror Film: 1971-1983 by John Hamilton pp.71-75; 275-276 – illustrated review; credits