Mark of the Devil (1970) | Barf bags at the ready again as the sick cult horror gets an uncut HD UK release
Once proclaimed as ‘positively the most horrifying film ever made’, 1970 cult shocker Mark of the Devil finally arrives uncut in the UK on 29 September 2014.
WE MUST NEVER WEAKEN IN PERFORMING GOD’S WORK
A bloody and brutal critique of 18th-century religious corruption, Mark of the Devil sees horror icon Udo Kier play an apprentice witchfinder whose faith in his master Lord Cumberland (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic Albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black.
LIKELY TO UPSET YOUR STOMACH
This notorious 1970 Euro-shocker, which was made to cash in on the success of Michael’s Reeves’ Witchfinder General, was British director Michael Armstrong‘s second feature and the film that established his international cult status. The film also had a great gimmick, getting cinemas to employ medical staff to handle fainting patrons and handing out vomit bags (they’re quite the collector’s item now).
Smashing box office records wherever it played, Mark of the Devil was a big hit despite it being either banned outright or heavily cut in many countries including the UK. Now acknowledged as a genre masterpiece, British audiences can once again revel in its vileness as Arrow Video presents Armstrong’s horror classic fully uncut in goretastic HD, alongside a selection of fantastic extras.
THE DUAL FORMAT UK RELEASE
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements in its original 1.66:1.
• Optional English and German audio (a real bonus)
• Optional English subtitles
• Newly-translated English subtitles for the German audio
• Audio commentary by Michael Armstrong, moderated by Calum Waddell
• Mark of the Times: Documentary on the ‘new wave’ of British horror directors that surfaced in the 1960s and 1970s, featuring contributions from Michael Armstrong, Norman J Warren (Terror) and David McGillivray (Frightmare)
• Hallmark of the Devil: Michael Gingold uncovers the history of controversial film distributors Hallmark Releasing
• Interviews with composer Michael Holm and actors Udo Kier, Herbert Fux, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Schöner and Herbert Lom
• Mark of the Devil: Now and Then – a look at the film’s locations
• Reversible sleeve featuring original artwork by Graham Humphreys
• Illustrated collector’s booklet
Posted on September 29, 2014, in Cult classic, Horror, Must See, Must-See and tagged 1970s British horror, Arrow Films, Arrow Video, Cult classic, Herbert Lom, Horror, Mark of the Devil, Michael Armstrong, Must See, Udo Keir. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.