Thursday, April 28, 2011

To the Devil a Daughter (1976)

After having my feel of the Drive-In Classics, I decided to move back into something more tangible. Looking through Netflix, I stumbled onto the satanic themed To the Devil a Daughter from 1976.

Plot/ An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.

As many fans know, this is one of the last films from the Hammer studios, and while some Hammer fans dislike the flick, it is not all bad. This is a creepy film that, while it lacks the typical Gothic Hammer atmosphere, features some great performances and cinematography that creates an eerie feeling throughout. Christopher Lee is brilliant as always, but it is the performance of the supporting cast the truly adds to the overall feel. Sure, the pacing drags at times, some of the effects are poor and it is clearly not the perfect send-off that Hammer would have imagined in the 1970s, but it is a very sinister little film that is often overlooked.

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