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.
Hmmmm, I don't see any tonsils back there! And to think this movie scared me when I was like 10 years old when I saw this in the theatre. Especially when a dirty old man is bothering a bunch of teenagers in the movie theater. that's probably what made this a horrible experience for me. We even got vomit bags before going into the movie.
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.