Monday, 31 October 2011

To the Devil...A Turkey

To the Devil a Daughter (1976) was Hammer's second Dennis Wheatley adaptation. However, where the earlier The Devil Rides Out was innovative and had Terence Fisher's taut direction to balance Wheatley's risible plot and characterisation, the later film has not aged as well and appears sluggish and reliant on the fall-back option for lazy 70s productions - smut.

Orgy Porgy

Nastassja Kinski was only 15 years old during filming and the producers knew her full frontal appearance coupled with some kinky Satanism-lite would be controversial box office gold. It did some business, but couldn't hold a (black) candle to the big occult smash of 1976, The Omen.

Nun more sexy

Gobble, gobble

Whereas Rosemary's Baby had been all about suggestion and paranoia (albeit rather heavy-handedly) and The Omen had atmosphere in spades, the special effects in To the Devil a Daughter are graphic and rubbish. The plot is classic Wheatley, wooden and stagnant, Richard Widmark a wildly miscast lead, the overall effect being so mediocre I've re-watched this film several times having forgotten that I'd already seen it. A real turkey.

Happy Hallowe'en folks.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree. Despite re-watching this many times due to my stubborn belief that there's no such thing as a bad 70's British horror film; this is a bad 70's British horror film.
    Your entertaining animations are misleading, and they wont make me watch this again.