Udo Kier is a witch hunter apprentice to Herbert Lom. He believes strongly in his mentor and the ways of the church but loses faith when he catches Lom strangling Reggie Nalder to death for calling him impotent.
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dub uncut This sadistic, gory and brutal examination of a corrupt witchfinder in 1700's Austria is an early precursor for the genre that would later be known as torture porn. Widely banned and cut on release this film's brutality is still pretty controversial even by today's standards. Well cast with Lom and Kier in the lead but Olivera Katarina and a sadistic Reggie Nalder make the greater impression.
Solid medieval witch-hunt drama was clearly made on the cheap, but rises above the usual exploitation fare with a few original twists. A cast of unique character actors - including Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, and Reggie Nalder - turn in spirited performances - even if it does go overboard with the torture and gore. Not a masterpiece by any means, but entertaining for what it is.