To the Devil a Daughter was the final film of Hammer Film Productions. The studio rose to prominence with films such as Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Horror of Dracula (1958). Unlike those staged, period pieces, this film is set in contemporary times and shot on location. It represented a big departure for Hammer, but it was too little too late.
“He would be the most dangerous human being on earth. A monster.”
Reviewing anthology movies is hard. I picture you, dear reader, trudging through endless paragraphs of plot synopsis and I feel guilty. I have let you down.
The extras on The Bloody Judge DVD are more interesting than the feature film.
Curse of the Crimson Altar (The Crimson Cult here in the USA) has a good cast, but it is not a good film. This is evident from the opening scene.
Some films have no business working as well as they do. The Devil Rides Out is one such film.
Circus of Fear plays like two films stitched together. One great, one mediocre.
Rasputin: The Mad Monk opens with Rasputin, played by Christopher Lee, arriving at an inn and demanding wine. When he's told the innkeeper is unavailable due to his ill wife, an annoyed Rasputin marches upstairs. He storms into the bedroom, and proceeds to will the disease out of the frail woman, drawing it into his now red-hot hands.
Any film starring Christopher Lee as a ghost whipping a half-nude woman as she moans in ecstasy can’t be all bad.
The City of the Dead opens in a small, fog-shrouded village. The locals have gathered to burn Elizabeth Selwyn for the crime of witchcraft. As the flames consume her, Elizabeth pledges her soul to Lucifer in exchange for eternal life. The bloodthirsty villagers drown her out, chanting “Burn witch, burn!”
Howard Hawks once said that a good movie consisted of “three great scenes and no bad ones.” Hammer’s first entry in its Dracula franchise gives us exactly that.