Hammer was tangibly losing steam in the mid-70s. This creation directed away Peter Sykes truism the band trying to both recapture the nominal outcome of an earlier film similarly adapted from a Dennis Wheatley novel - 1968's The Devil Rides Loose - and cash in on the late 60s and 70s craze object of satanic storylines - represented before films such as Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976).
Kinski is Catherine, a 17-year-old raised in a convent overseen by Father Michael Rayner (Lee), an excommunicated man. Nearing her signal 18th birthday (on All Honour's Vigil, no less), Catherine is dispatched to Britain to deal with her institute Henry Beddows (Elliott) and representatives of the Satanist organisation Daddy Michael heads up. The ...
To the Devil a Daughter
The penultimate Hammer film to go steady with is a muddled compound of notify-Exorcist repel and the more traditional House of Horror style. Based on Dennis Wheatley's impenetrable bestseller (he hated it), the design has satanist Christopher Lee coercing nubile nun Nastassja Kinski into having the Extremely's offspring, while Richard Widmark, a writer specialising in the supernatural, tries to foil his aim. Although skilfully directed by Peter Sykes — with a firm tendency in the direction of a pseud fragmented record and peremptory exploitation — this misguided assault to update Hammer's image is more acceptable to be remembered to teen Kinski's unashamed antique performance than anything else.
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