I first got here throughout the film Mark of the Satan a few years in the past after I was studying about it on a message board. I instantly took a liking to it since it’s a very graphic movie and is a effectively written put collectively manufacturing.
It isn’t actually a horror movie, however extra of a interval piece telling the story of a number of the stunning practices achieved by the Catholic Church in these days. You will see a really lifelike portrayal on how absurd a few of these practices had been. It could be unfair to dismiss Mark of the Satan as a movie made only for shock functions.
The director Michael Armstrong put collectively a strong solid that features German horror film legend Udo Kier, who was a younger man throughout this filming and is notable for his alien like icy blue eyes which can be considerably creepy. The feminine actresses featured on this movie reminiscent of Olivera Katarina are all very lovely, voluptuous, and large breasted. Olivera Katarina could be very fiery in her efficiency because the damsel in misery. Udo Kier is a bit robotic like in his efficiency, however you’ll like his noble character he performs.
I imagine a few of them could also be from some Hammer Studio manufacturing movies. The performances by Reggie Nalder and Herbert Lom are effectively achieved. As you watch their corruption on show, you’ll begin to hate their conceitedness and the way viciously they abuse their energy within the title of god. Herbert Lom is a pompous piece of rubbish as Lord Cumberland. Reggie Nalder as Albino is an actual nasty creep.
The outstanding theme music that performs in Mark of the Satan’s extra tranquil scenes could be very lovely. The cinematography is great. The Austrian countryside on show, which options lovely lush mountains and castles, makes you need to go go to there.
The torture and execution scenes of the so referred to as witches are very graphic, which includes them being stretched on racks, burned with branding irons, flogged with Cat o’ 9 tails, stabbed with varied sharp objects, beheaded, having their tongue ripped out, or lowered right into a burning funeral pyre whereas nonetheless alive. The digital camera zooms in on the victims face as they scream in anguish. There may be additionally some nudity in it.
I do not actually discover Mark of the Satan as actually stunning regardless of the graphic nature to it. The one factor that’s stunning about it’s how merciless individuals may be all of the whereas doing issues underneath the title of god. I’d think about it tame compared to another Exploitation/Grindhouse Cinema movies reminiscent of Alucarda (1977), Satánico pandemonium (1975), Zombi 2 (1979), Cannibal Holocaust (1980), and The Dwelling Useless Lady (1982).
The film highlights an period of prejudice and unwarranted concern on this case perpetrated by faith. There’s a message in that we have to be continually vigilant to keep away from this similar sort of concern and prejudice in our every day lives even at the moment. I’d extremely advocate to purchase this well-made movie and to take a look at one other movie that’s related, The Witchfinder Common (1968) starring Vincent Worth.