Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält (1969)

West Germany, 1969
90m (Norway/USA), 96m – 35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.66:1
mono, German
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

A West German horror film directed by Michael Armstrong and an uncredited Adrian Hoven.

Plot Summary

Count Christian von Meruh is a protégé of the notorious witchfinder Count Cumberland but begins to doubt that the witch trials he’s staging in a remote part of Austria are actually valid. Cumberland and his cronies continue to imprison and torture local women on the slightest pretext, but their time is running out.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directors: Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven *
© 1969 by Hi-Fi Stereo 70-KG, Munich
Hi-Fi Stereo 70-KG
Producer: Adrian Hoven
Original Story and Screenplay: Sergio Casstner [real name: Michael Armstrong], Perry Parker [real name: Adrian Hoven]
Photography: Ernst W. Kalinke
Film Editor: Siegrun Jäger
Music: Michael Holm
Sound: Hans-Dieter Schwarz
Costumes: Barbara Grupp
Make Up: Günther Kulier, Alena Hejdankoba
Art Director: Max Mellin
Decorator: Walter Karsch

Cast
Herbert Lom (the witch-hunter [Count Cumberland])
Olivera Vuco [Vanessa Benedikt]
Udo Kier [Count Christian von Meruh]
Herbert Fux [executioner]
Michael Maien [Baron Daume]
Ingeborg Schoener
Johannes Buzalski [Advokat]
Gaby Fuchs [Jeni von Bergenstein]
Günter Clemens
Doris von Danwitz
Dorothea Carrera
Marlies Petersen
Bob Gerry
Reggie Nalder (Albino)
Adrian Hoven [puppeteer] *
Percy Hoven [blond child] *

Alternative Titles

Austria 1700
Brenn, Hexe, brenn
Burn, Witch, Burn
Hexen
Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält
– Germany
Mark of the Devil
– UK, USA
Satan
Seytan elçisi
– Turkey
Las torturas de la inquisicio
– Spain

Sequel
Hexen geschändet und zu Tode gequält (1972)

Extracts included in
Don’t Scream It’s Only a Movie (1989)
Marked by the Devil: An Interview with Michael Armstrong (2003)

See also
In Bad Taste (2000)

Production Notes

Censorship
When it was released to UK cinemas in 1971 as Mark of the Devil, Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält was subject to numerous cuts by the BBFC. In the early 1980s, Intervision released an uncut version on video which was promptly withdrawn in 1984 in the wake of the Video Recordings Act. In 1993, Redemption reissued the film, but this time the BBFC demanded cuts of 4 minutes 27 seconds.

References

Periodicals

  • Video Watchdog no.44 pp.61-62 – review

Books

  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig pp.248-249
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.206
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.179
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.199-200
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.247-248
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.213-216 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.290 – credits