Starts off promisingly enough, a 17th century farmer unearths a beast which suddenly releases all evil in the tiny village and some of the children of the village suddenly start worshipping the strange, satanic beast. Well acted and nicely photographed but the anti-climactic fight between the villagers and the beast at the end ruins what was a good film up to that point.
(Vu sur Arte) J'adore Arte, mais bon, ils n'hésitent pas parfois à tomber dans la surenchère quand il s'agit de "vendre" leurs films. A les lire, on avait là une vraie perle méconnue du cinéma fantastique; je n'ai vu qu'un film mal fichu, à l'imagerie vieillotte et (surtout) à la réalisation complètement approximative. Le sommeil est venu me délivrer de mon calvaire vers la 40e minute...
-3. The comments I keep hearing are better than the actual thing. It's not a bad movie once you've considered viewing it in its time and theme-frames; has quite to offer ranging from a pretty sweet, witchy atmosphere to some cult scenes like the church/play segment. But, in comparison to some of my favorites (e.g. The Devil rides out, The Wicker man), I see it as a somewhat grubby attempt in filmmaking.
I caught this one night on NYC television in the 70s and was astounded by its effective creepiness and eroticism. I've not seen it since, and I don't believe its available on DVD, at least not in the U.S. But it's worth a look, and may be one of the unjustly forgotten films of the 70s.
Eerie little chiller that contains one of my favourite performances ever - Linda Hayden as the devil-worshipping lolita Angel Blake. The sequence where she and her followers rape and kill an innocent classmate in a bizarre ritual is one of the most exhilarating & demented ever filmed. Unfortunately she's underused and the scenes without her are uninteresting - filled with pompous British has been actors in bad wigs.