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3.0 out of 5 stars Kill the devil by clonking him with an old stone!, 11 Dec. 2012
This review is from: To the Devil a Daughter [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
This was Hammer's last full-length horror film before they moved into TV, and, even though it contains a bit of sex and nudity [Nattassja Kinski throws her clothes away again!], looks a bit tired and stuffy alongside other similar films of the period like THE OMEN, THE EXORCIST, ROSEMARY'S BABY etc.

Richard Widmark plays an occult novelist who is approached by Denholm Elliot to meet and look after his daughter who is soon to arrive in the country. The daughter, Nattasja Kinski, has been brought up in a satanist cult led by Christopher Lee, and on her iminent 18th birthday is to be made into an avatar off the demon Ashtoreth. Widmark must use his knowledge of black magic to try to stop this ceremony from happening.

Dennis Wheatley's novel on which this is based are very well-loved by a certain few, but are slow, stuffy ponderous affairs. The film is a bit of a slow-burner but Hammer have bloodied it up a bit, with a bloody birth scene, one or two deaths and a foetal-devil-type creature, a well-realised glove puppet which I think still looks pretty good today. The film is ok, averagely entertaining, with a good cast but a bad ending [where a bit of brick puts paid to all nefarious plans], and certainly didn't deserve to be Hammer's last film [until recent times, of course].
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