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½ October 10, 2014
Pretty incoherent but Dicky Dawk's gives a spirited performance of lamb chop mania from beyond the scenery.
March 25, 2014
It was clear by 1972 Hammer Films was running out of ideas for its great gothic hits of Dracula ,Frankenstein and others .

Despite this one or two little seen and underated gems crept out and this is one of those films which does away with the lurid Kensington gore for something more interesting.
Christopher Wicking had by this time already wriiten Blood From The mummies Tomb and Scream and Scream again and thanks to his script and Peter Sykes direction this is a real genre standout.
Robert Hardy plays the ruthless Baron Zorn who imprisons his two children in the family estate after there mother brutally kills herself in front of them.
He feels that have the same genalogy as there mother and will be strcuk with the Evil curse of madness .
Adding to the sense of unease somebody is killing local girls from the village arousing supicison that a demon is lose.
Zorn is convinced charlatan doctor Falkenberg played with some gutso by Patrick Magee can cure his children but a equally demented Michael Horden stands in his way claming he is carrying out gods work.
It all leads to a rther shocking final denoument and purveying sense of unease all through the film.
If you thought Hammer was all Lurid blood and busty wenches then you could do a lot worse and catch up with this film as it really is a diffrent animal despite being in the same genre.
March 12, 2014
A somewhat solid Hammer flick that suffers from more than a little dull problem. The story is quite good, although it would probably suit a novel better, as here it's a little muddled, and the ideas don't always come through very well. Not a terrible film, but I doubt I'll ever want to see it again.
½ February 24, 2014
A rather muddled and frankly a forgettable thriller from Hammer's twilight years.
½ February 7, 2014
Hammer that focuses on a psychological horror than the gore we are used to. It works to an extent, but the story is disjointed in places.
December 22, 2013
A bizarre tale of a Baron, determined to cleanse his bloodline after the insanity & suicide of his wife, by drugging & bleeding his own children whilst fuelling their incestuous desires. Intense, frightening & beautifully played right up until it's shocking finale
June 6, 2012
An eerie, offbeat and interesting early 70's Hammer Gothic horror oddity--It's A Mad Movie!!
March 15, 2012
Ridiculous over-the-top Hammer nonsense with overwrought performances by Robert Hardy and Michael Hordern. Hardly the worst thing Hammer's ever done, but not exactly a highlight either.
½ February 17, 2012
Promises more than it delivers, but it progressed towards the ending.
½ April 14, 2011
It fairly reeks of a desperation to be relevant in a climate that had changed by the early 70s.
Super Reviewer
March 27, 2011
A totally insame film from Hammer that suffers from a incoherant plot and some ridiculously over the top acting. Hammer wasn't at its best in the 70's and whilst there's some interesting ideas here and some great nudity and pointless violence (the hand chopping at the end, whilst pointless, is brilliant) the whole thing doesn't hang together very well. Brownie points for Hammer to attempt to focus on the psychological horror rather than the typical vampires and zombies but although the whole thing looks like it was fun for the actors it doesn't work half as well for the audience!
½ February 27, 2011
Nowhere near as exciting as the blurb suggests, I give it 1 & 1/2 stars for the (small) mob with lighted torches & pitchforks.
½ January 25, 2010
Made at the arse end of the Hammer era this is a bizarre film that sees a return to a period setting whilst trying to marry it with an odd psycho-sexual plotline straight out of the Seventies.

Robert Hardy (off of All Creatures Great and Small) is a Bavarian baron who keeps his two adult children drugged up and locked up in his castle, convinced they are suffering from mental disease, and treats it by regularly 'bleeding' them. He sends for a physician from Austria who turns out to be a quack, intent on curing them through wierd contraptions and mumbo jumbo.

Meanwhile the two 'children' keep escaping and undrtaking a very odd incestuous relationship whilst the boy does a good sideline in murdering girls from the local village which the father and his manservant keep covering up.

The whole thing descends into a surreal climax as the cast descend into insanity and murder whilst the villagers advance on the castle with burning torches, urged on by a deranged priest.

This really is odd stuff - the cinematography and period details are quality but the whole plot is off the wall and non-sensical. The cast seem intent on outdoing each other in the over-acting stakes, taking it in turns to chew up the scenery with great gusto. As Hammer were now trying to compete with the new wave of US horror this comes with added blood and violence with several arterial spraying mutilations as the film progresses but they do little to lift it.

The whole thing is either complete hokum or an amusing diversion depending on your point of view. I'd probably never have watched it if it hadn't been included on the Hammer box set I've been ploughing through and I managed to fall asleep during it... twice...
Super Reviewer
December 13, 2009
There are many films like this - brilliant, thoughtful, stylish, inventive, provocative - that are largely forgotten because they were made by Hammer. Scan through the recent list of the BFI's 100 best British films, and there are very few gems like this. Apparently, its alright to reappraise Ulmer, Lewis, Fuller et al, but we British are above that kind of thing. If you ever see DEMONS, or something like THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, on your TV listings, don't overlook it. It's always the snobs who lose out.

This is an astonishing film, a success in every way, a truly thoughtful horror film. The story concerns an aristocrat who believes his family line is infested with bad blood. He had married a peasant woman to offset this, but has instead infected the peasantry as well. He has locked up his son and daughter, and is bleeding them, to stop the rot. Meanwhile, peasant women are being raped and murdered throughout his estate.

From such a scenario, ripe for exploitation, is weaved a remarkable series of themes and variations. The film's first image is of a horse and carriage rushing through a forest, a white hand groping outside, only to be pulled back. Like THE AVENGERS, the best Hammer films revealed the horrors and insanities lurking behind placid, heritage, British rural life. On the surface is a gorgeous idyll - a beautiful Big House, a forest, grassy rivers. Beneath is incest, madness, hysteria, paganism, murder.

The house, like most horror films, is a metaphor for the mind. It is literally a prison, but also a labyrinth, mirroring the maze created by the disjointed gazes of the occupants. There are some amazing long shots of the house's inside, haunting, vastly empty, tilted - a mind off balance. The family is no longer a site of continuity and order, but discontinuity, inbreeding, misery and chaos.

But the house also shares the literary association as a figure for the state, and the poisonous madness within affects the peasantry too. They partake in pagan rituals, follow mad, gibbering priests, who offer destruction, not redemption, and become a terrifying, cross-burning lynch mob, roaming the country.

Ironically, the film is set at the beginning of the century, and Freud's contemporary attempts to throw light on the darkness of the mind is alluded to, and compared to the descent into medieval dank of the film's characters. BARRY LYNDON shares many of this film's themes, and it's hard to believe Kubrick never saw it - both feature Michael Hordern and Patrick Magee.

The creation of an actual world mirroring a psychological world is superbly realized. The two levels co-exist, intertwine, and some of the film's most extraordinary and beautiful images are visualizations of Freudian symbols and ideas. Like many great horror films, this is a family saga, but a very mature one. Its refusal to demonize adds greatly to the helplessness of the terrors. Its 'closure' is as bleak as ever Hammer dared. A masterpiece.
½ November 29, 2009
Visually striking but a bit dull period Gothic about emotionally incestuous sister and brother, kept prisoner by their father, who believes the duo suffers from mental illness. This may be true in his case, because brother kills young women and covers their bodies with petals of roses... Ageism stinks to high Heaven - both father and aging spinster are threat to poor, poor younger generation, who was really sucked up in the movies of the period: their sleazy actions were either denied or celebrated (Clockwork Orange, etc).
September 23, 2009
So many brilliant performances in this late Hammer classic. Michael Horden is outstanding as a priest. Patrick Macnee, Robert Hardy. All impress.
August 23, 2009
Written by independent producer Frank Godwin, this is a slow-burning psychological drama from Hammer, quite different from what they've done before, but featuring alot of Hammer's repertory company within. It shows a different kind of terror film from the company, and they should have done more like this, but it's not perfect. Set in Austria in the 19th Century, it has a brother and sister, Emil (Shane Briant) and Elizabeth (Gillian Hills) who are locked up in a house by their father Baron Zorn (Robert Hardy), after his wife killed herself and put a curse on their children, the brother and sister have to be kept apart, as they have an unnatural incestuous desire towards one another. :O But, Elizabeth finds herself attracted to local boy Carl Richter (Paul Jones from Manfred Mann), and the local doctor Falkenberg (Patrick Magee) has been treating Zorn for hallucianations, and he soon discovers what he's doing. It's a very slow movie, and that's a problem, for the first hour or so, not much happens, but once it actually shifts into gear it gets interesting, it's just a shame the rest of the film wasn't more like this. It's very unpleasant, but it has a good cast to it's name. This is one in need of a remake.
July 27, 2009
A bit crud really but still watchable if your into Hammer.
April 9, 2009
Unintentionally hilarious horror flick from the dying days of the Hammer studios. Laughable dialogue and costumes sadly dont make up for the fact that this movie was already horribly dated by the time it was released.
½ March 7, 2009
weird film this - some sensitive subjects were tackled including Incest - but the main problem for me was wondering what was actually going on with this film and by the time I did it was nearly over
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