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The Confessional (1976)

House of Mortal Sin (original title)
R | | Horror | March 1977 (USA)
A troubled young girl goes to confession at the local church. Unfortunately, the sexually frustrated priest she confesses to becomes obsessed with her. At first, the priest stalks the girl,... See full summary »

Director:

Pete Walker

Writers:

David McGillivray (screenplay), Pete Walker (from an original story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Sharp ... Father Xavier Meldrum
Susan Penhaligon ... Jenny Welch
Stephanie Beacham ... Vanessa Welch
Norman Eshley ... Father Bernard Cutler
Sheila Keith ... Miss Brabazon
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry ... Mrs. Meldrum
Stewart Bevan Stewart Bevan ... Terry Wyatt (as Stuart Bevan)
Julia McCarthy Julia McCarthy ... Mrs. Davey
John Yule John Yule ... Robert (as Jon Yule)
Bill Kerr ... Mr. Davey
Victor Winding Victor Winding ... Dr. Gaudio
Jack Allen ... GP
Kim Butcher ... Valerie Davey
Ivor Salter ... Gravedigger
Andrew Sachs ... Man in Church
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Storyline

A troubled young girl goes to confession at the local church. Unfortunately, the sexually frustrated priest she confesses to becomes obsessed with her. At first, the priest stalks the girl, but later it is revealed that he will stop at nothing, including blackmail and murder, just to get close to her. Written by John Hilton

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Tortured by desires his vows forbid...master of a house of mortal sin!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Confessional See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally Peter Cushing was offered to play Father Xavier Meldrum and at the time there were some rumours that Cushing hated the script. In 1983, when Cushing acted in Walker's final film, The House of Long Shadows, Walker learned that Cushing actually liked the script, but had other film commitments. See more »

Goofs

Stephanie Beacham can be seen to blink after her character (Vanessa Welch) has been strangled to death. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa Welch: You're a right little charmer, aren't you.
Terry: Get fucked!
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Connections

Featured in Courting Controversy (2005) See more »

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Neither horror nor giallo but....
21 March 2005 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

A very fine Walker effort. Not really a horror film nor a giallo but very British. Must have upset as many as it pleased upon release with it's uncompromising attack upon the Church in general and the Catholic Church in particular. Excellent central performances and it is these performances that helps the film over the odd script shortcomings. Not for the easily offended but for everyone else quite a treat and who is to say accusations of wrong doings by priests and cover ups by other self righteous members of society is so far fetched? Begins well and although gets a bit lost halfway through, there is a full powered body strewn build up to a surprising ending.


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