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House Of Mortal Sin

House Of Mortal Sin

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As she makes her way thrugh the darkened flat, she sees a crucifix flash in the darkness, and runs away - straight into the arms of Bernard and Vanessa. We slowly learn that the good Father has a sickly mother (Hilda Barry) that he loves very dearly but is being abused by one-eyed caretaker Miss Brabazon (played eerily by Walker regular Shelia Keith), whose reasons for abusing her will be revealed later on. Please note there is paper lift at the top and a 1 1/2 inch closed tear which we have repaired with restoration tape. At first, the priest stalks the girl, but later it is revealed that he will stop at nothing, including blackmail and murder, just to get close to her. It does drag a teensy bit toward the end and a couple of plot points seem a bit stretched but the final 10 minutes are actually quite unpredictable and wrap things up quite nicely.

I might try to make it to some of the other films available on Arrow Player before they are removed, but I don't think I'm going to have time.

Its plot concerns a deranged priest who takes it upon himself to punish his parishioners for their moral transgressions. Add into the mix my favourite British scream queen, the uber-sexy Stephanie Beacham , as Penhaligon's flatmate who's herself busy tempting a younger colleague of Meldrums from the path of righteousness and the stage is set for a highly entertaining tale of repressed sexuality and Catholic guilt from the great Pete Walker! Before resigning his position, Father Cutler consults Father Duggan (Mervyn Johns) about his feelings for Vanessa. Hearing that her friend Bernard has become a Catholic priest, Jenny attends church to seek him out but finds that the man taking confession is not Bernard, but the elderly Father Meldrum.He's less than overjoyed, however, to find out about the blackmail: "Bugger the church authorities, I'm gonna sort 'im art meself! Images submitted must be in Landscape orientation, as would be seen on the cinema screen, not Portrait. Great performances from all involved with 2 lovely leading ladies in Susan Penhaligon and Stephanie Beacham. When Father Cutler confronts Father Meldrum about the tape, Meldrum plays another tape that makes Jenny look like she is lying.

So I’m scrolling through Arrow’s “leaving soon” section and a bunch of Pete Walker films are there and somehow I didn’t even realize they had been there to begin with? International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions. With films like FRIGHTMARE, HOUSE OF WHIPCORD (both 1974) and SCHIZO (1976) under their belt (THE FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW [1972] and THE COMEBACK [1977] are two of the very few of Walker's 70's horror films that McGillivray did not work on), each dealing with dark secrets and a hint that the Church may have too much power over everyone's life (both moral and professional), Pete Walker and David McGillivray made thinking-man's horror films of the 70's, even though they didn't skimp on the gore. The performance of Anthony Sharp in particular, as the immoral and internally tortured priest, was outstanding. So he's perfect casting as sexually obsessive Catholic priest Father Meldrum in this film, a man who gets his kicks in the confession box by asking his parishioners for more sexual details than is strictly necessary.He throws a pot of hot coffee in the face of Jenny's friend Bobby (John Yule), who he mistakes for Jenny's boyfriend, beats and burns Jenny's boyfriend Terry (Stuart Bevan) with a flaming incense burner and buries him in the church cemetery. Anthony Sharp is wonderful as Father Meldrum, a mad-as-a-hatter old priest who becomes obsessed with lovely Susan Penhaligon after hearing her confession. In THE CONFESSIONAL, that authority figure would be Father Xavier Meldrum (Anthony Sharp), a Catholic priest who tape records all his parishioners' confessions and murders those he considers too permissive. Some of my favourite moments in these films are simple domestic scenes showing the colours and decor of the time - real nostalgia.

All through the film there are some lovely touches - Sheila Keith is awesome as Meldrum's one-eyed housekeeper, threatening his infirm mother ("He's gone out again, I'm afraid… you're all alone again… with me") and simply raising one eyebrow on surveying the scene following the rosary bead strangulation. Originally Peter Cushing was offered to play Father Meldrum and at the time there were some rumors that Cushing hated the script.If you have any information regarding this production, the locations or, even better, some comparison shots please contact us. A serious look at the theme of a respectable public person using their position to pass judgement on those they see as corrupt, done with elegance, wit and purposely indignant bad taste. I wanted to revisit some of Pete Walker's filmography because it's been over a decade since I've seen any of his '70s horror films and when they popped up in Arrow's "last chance" streaming section it was time to jog my memory. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.



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