Once proclaimed as “positively the most horrifying film ever made”, Mark of the Devil is a bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption.
Horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) plays a witchfinder’s apprentice whose faith in his master (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.
Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later pen Eskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years.
Reviews"A terrific movie, and there's never going to be a better edition of it. I love the robust collection of extras that delve into every aspect of its production, providing a complete history lesson of one of horror's landmark films."
- Dread Central
"Arrow has meticulously reinstated the longest cut of the film with all its depraved violence, in both English and German... Highly Recommended."
- DVD Talk
"One of the signature examples of 1970s exploitation at its most grueling. It's been over 40 years, but it still retains a few squirm inducing moments to leave its MARK on modern audiences."
- Cool Ass Cinema
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements
Optional English and German audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Newly translated English subtitles for the German audio
Audio commentary by Michael Armstrong, moderated by Calum Waddell
Mark of the Times – exclusive feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions on the emergence of the ‘new wave’ of British horror directors that surfaced during the sixties and seventies, featuring contributions from Michael Armstrong, Norman J. Warren (Terror), David McGillivray (Frightmare), Professor Peter Hutchings (author of Hammer and Beyond) and famed film critic Kim Newman
Hallmark of the Devil – author and critic Michael Gingold looks back at Hallmark Releasing, the controversial and confrontational distributor that introduced Mark of the Devil to American cinemas
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 and how they appear today
Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Smith and Anthony Nield, plus an interview with Reggie Nalder by David Del Valle, all illustrated with original stills and artwork