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Mark Of The Devil: Yack Pack (DVD And Vomit Bag)

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Udo Kier is a witch hunter apprentice to Herbert Lom. He believes strongly in his mentor and in the ways of the church but loses faith when he catches Lom strangle a man to death. The witch trials are nothing but a scam of the church to seduce women, rob people of their land and money. In the end, the townspeople revolt, Herbert Lom escapes and poor Udo is tortured to death by the townspeople.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is an exciting, action-packed, lavishly budgeted exploitation film that at least partially redeems itself through depicting on-screen actual tortures performed on millions of innocent during the great Witch scares of 16th and 17th Century Europe. Made in the early 1970's, the tortures depicted in Mark of the Devil are not as graphic as if they might have been, i.e. as in today's films, but do produce enough nightmares. This movie presents the dark, dark dark side of human nature. It's a kind of valuable history lesson, but also one of the better horror films. An underappreciated gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an odd historical piece July 20 2000
I first heard of MARK OF THE DEVIL's notoriety when I was a teenager. It had this mythology along the lines of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT & I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. I couldn't find it anywhere though. Several years later I was hired to write and direct PART 6 (!) and the company sent me the original to view. While it didn't scare me, it definitely left some unnerving tension. As a historical piece, I found it painfully fascinating. If what the opening credits claim (This is all a true stroy), then it makes it's effect that much more profound. As a horror movie, it's okay. Nothing scary happens, though the blood and torture is what clearly lends it to the genre. You could watch worse, you could watch better. It's a decent time waster (plus it stars Udo Kier!) Good luck in trying to find any of the sequels, though. Part 3 was retitled SISTERS OF SATAN, PART 4 is actually TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, Part 5 is actually RETURN OF THE BLIND - and yes, there is a MARK OF THE DEVIL 666 - the only sequel since PART 2 to be produced under the DEVIL banner!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but very lame! June 19 2001
By A Customer
In 1972, this German film was released in the US as "the most terrifying film ever made", complete with 'vomit bags' for movie patrons unable to stomach the torture scenes. My sister and her friends went and I remember them laughing about it afterward. I'd forgotten about it until I ran across the video on Amazon and decided to satisfy my childhood curiosity about this film. What a lame movie! I must credit the film's distributor with a great marketing ploy back in the 70s, because I understand 'Mark' made a lot of money! Hard to believe though - the dubbing (?) is awful, the music just doesn't fit (sounds like a 60s cocktail party soundtrack)and the torture scenes are laughable by today's standards (ANY standards really!). The film is more of a curiosity piece, and the fact that it's based on factual history is rather disturbing and sad. But by no means is it 'terrifying', except in being 'horrifyingly' bad!
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Euro-exploitation flick Jan. 15 2005
By Lunar Strain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Back in the day (1970), this film was probably the most controversal movie ever made as it depicted the witch trials going on Europe during the darkest page of human existance. I remember reading all the controversy and I couldn't help but watch the film that caused such a ruckous. I was expecting some really cheap, gory, pointless Eurotrash exploitation flick. What I got was much, much more. First of all, THERE'S A STORY! Yes this film actually has a good plot and story and is actually fairly accurate to some of the real happenings in history. Second, THE ACTING IS REALLY GOOD. The entire cast gives it their all and makes this film believable. The only hinderence is the dubbing, but for foreign horror film fans like me, dubbing just adds to the charm. I was pleasently surprised and got a much better film than I was expecting. I would actually recomend this film to fans of Hammer flicks that came out at about the same time. I however do not recommend this film for fans of pointless gore/trash cinema as they will not get what they expect. The tagline on the box is also misleading as it tags the movie as "the most horrifying movie ever made" which isn't exactly true. Yes it had some shocking moments, but in no way is it really horrifying. By today's standards, the shocks are pretty tame. So if your a fan of atmospheric Euro horror, don't believe all the bad hype as this film is a true gem of the genre.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars But does she have the Mark? Watch this one! Feb. 3 2005
By Robert E. Murena Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Mark of the Devil left its mark on me. In college it was one of the few films I owned and too poor to own cable it was viewed quite often. However these were pre-DVD days and now that this DVD has arrived I have resumed my love for this film. With a truly remarkable amount of extras for such an old film including an interview with Gabby Fuchs, who became somewhat of a cult icon among my friends, this film is worthwhile to buy.

I need to inform you that this not the "most horrifying film ever made". It is mildly sadistic and a little gory by today's standards but this film runs its entire course without any intentional humor or stupidity that is so common in today's horror movies. As Albino says "I may not be educated but I am not stupid": I want movies that at least try to take themselves seriously. This movie does that.

For a 35 year old horror film from Europe this film has had some staying power. I recommend this one to fans of horror of all ages. It is certainly something different from the hackneyed plots that the genre is so susceptible to. If you've seen the movie before get this DVD too you will be pleased with the digital quality and the copious extras... Enjoy the torture...

--Ted Murena
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HIDEOUS Aug. 20 2005
By A Hermit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"Mark Of The Devil" came out in 1969, and was billed as "Positively The Most Horrifying Movie Ever Made," and looking at the time of its release, I could agree. "Night Of The Living Dead" generally freaked people out in 1968, but the recently deceased getting back up, and cannibalizing the living really does stretch credibility, where this film focuses on the cavalier attitude of Witchfinders in 1700 Austria.

People were superstitious at the time, and doing these awful things to people, and calling it "The Lord's Work," really did happen. The mere accusation of Sorcery was enough to get an indictment, and corruption of the Church has always been there; if you're accused, you have lost the battle.

Revulsion is the real star of this film, and watching these people doing these ghastly things to people, all in a days work, with God on their side, makes it excruciating to watch. One case in particular, has this LOVELY young woman on trial for consorting with the Devil; the truth? She was living with some nuns, and the Bishop raped her. The baby was seen as Satan's spawn, and the politics of the church wouldn't allow the truth to come out. She goes so far as to give a false confession, one she thought they wanted, and from there, it only got worse for her. Watching her ordeal made me physically uncomfortable; I had to keep reminding myself that she was just an actress, and this was a only film stage. But they really did this to people; that's what is so horrifying. THEY ACTUALLY DID THIS TO PEOPLE! WITH CHURCH APPROVAL! ("...doing the Lord's work is never easy...")

This is an exploitation film, but one with a story-line, albeit a tragic one, and thank God the witch trials don't happen now.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get your puke on with "Mark of the Devil" Jan. 22 2005
By Matthew King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Released in 1969 this movie came attached with the tagline "positively the most horrifying movie ever!" and once the film was released in America, became famous for the distribution of barf bags to customers. Does it live up to its tagline? Well, sort of but only when you consider when the film was made. It predated by a few years other more graphic torture films such as "Ilsa", "Salo" and "Bloodsucking Freaks" films released in the 70's , an era when things really got wild. So yes I guess back in 69' this was about as hardcore as it got.

In a small village of a by-gone era, witch-hunting has reached its peak. Villagers accused of sins such as "having illicit intercourse with the devil" or "defiling the sacraments of the church" are submitted to public displays of torture and execution. Into the village arrives the character played by Udo Kier, who is a witch-hunter apprentice. As he begins to learn the tools and tricks of the trade, Kier comes to the realization that the witch trials are actually a scam to rob people of their wealth and their land and also as an excuse to lay paws on beautiful women. Kier attempts to organize a revolt against the crooked witch-hunters which in turn will lead to him getting his own taste of a little torture...

To my surprise, "Mark of the Devil" is not as pointless a film as I expected it to be. I really figured this would be mindless exploitation consisting of nothing more than torture, however the torture scenes are not at the forefront of everything here. This movie actually has a carefully constructed plot, as well as beautiful scenic shots of the Austrian countryside and a heartfelt romance story between the lead female and Udo Kier. The costumes are stunning and the acting is not all that bad. What is REALLY bad however is the dubbing which goes from awful to absolute ridiculous. I'm referring especially to the scene involving two small children trapped in a cage, their voices sound like they're coming from adults!

As for gore, yes the film displays all sorts of atrocities such as women being burned alive, guys getting their limbs and fingers chopped off with meat cleavers and other things I know I would not be allowed to list here. What makes these scenes shocking (and rather goofy in retrospect) are the matter-of-fact ways in which the torturers carry on their deeds, all the while as honky-looking villagers look on and cheer. I have trouble imagining, in any era, middle-aged women and grandmothers gleefully pointing and laughing as people get decapitated right in front of their eyes but that's what we get in this movie. Sure it drags after a while but "Mark of the Devil" is not such a bad movie and people who dig these types of flicks are bound to enjoy. Barf bags are encouraged but not mandatory.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an odd historical piece July 20 2000
By Jason Paul Collum - Published on Amazon.com
I first heard of MARK OF THE DEVIL's notoriety when I was a teenager. It had this mythology along the lines of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT & I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. I couldn't find it anywhere though. Several years later I was hired to write and direct PART 6 (!) and the company sent me the original to view. While it didn't scare me, it definitely left some unnerving tension. As a historical piece, I found it painfully fascinating. If what the opening credits claim (This is all a true stroy), then it makes it's effect that much more profound. As a horror movie, it's okay. Nothing scary happens, though the blood and torture is what clearly lends it to the genre. You could watch worse, you could watch better. It's a decent time waster (plus it stars Udo Kier!) Good luck in trying to find any of the sequels, though. Part 3 was retitled SISTERS OF SATAN, PART 4 is actually TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, Part 5 is actually RETURN OF THE BLIND - and yes, there is a MARK OF THE DEVIL 666 - the only sequel since PART 2 to be produced under the DEVIL banner!
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