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MARK OF THE DEVIL (1970) – Episode 217 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“She’s the one who had intercourse with the Devil on Goat’s Mountain! He took her to his den in the disguise of a little donkey and then they fornicated all night long! She’s the witch! She’s the witch!” A little donkey, eh? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr – as they try to get their arms around another infamous film. This time it is Mark of the Devil (1970).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 217 – Mark of the Devil (1970)

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In 1700s Austria, a witch-hunter’s apprentice has doubts about the righteousness of witch-hunting when he witnesses the brutality, injustice, falsehood, torture, and arbitrary killing that go with the job.

Get your barf bags ready! The Grue-Crew is reviewing the 1970 witch-hunter gore-fest Mark of the Devil (1970). The film features Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, and Reggie Nalder. While the special effects may be tame compared to modern films, their impact on early Seventies audiences is unmistakable. They’re graphic, disturbing, and often difficult to watch. Does this film still earn the reputation of requiring a barf bag to enter the theater? Perhaps not, but the film is surprisingly well made with a strong cast and, quite honestly, shouldn’t be missed by horror fans and Seventies cinema aficionados.

At the time of this writing, Mark of the Devil (1978) is available to stream from Amazon Prime and Tubi and is available on physical media as a 4K Ultra HD 3-disc Set from Vinegar Syndrome

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode, chosen by Doc, will be Vengeance of the Zombies (1973), a Paul Naschy (or if you prefer, Jacinto Molina Álvarez) flick. This one is sans Waldermar Daninsky, Naschy’s frequent role, but gives you an Indian mystic and women zombies. Yay!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.