Demons of the Mind

Demons of the Mind

John Atkinson
Director: Peter Sykes Cast: John Atkinson
John Atkinson
, Shane Briant
Shane Briant
, George Cormack
George Cormack
Peter Sykes

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Hammer Films apply their characteristic Gothic touch to this offbeat psychological thriller about a bombastic 19th-century Baron (Robert Hardy) who keeps his two adult offspring imprisoned in the family estate, convinced they are afflicted by an evil curse of madness passed down from their late mother. Unfortunately, they're not the only ones to worry about: it seems a spate of recent murders in the surrounding village are being committed by his son (Shane Briant), who is being manipulated by his father's deranged will to leave the castle and act out Dad's twisted, violent fantasies. Superb photography and good use of locations lend a rich atmosphere to this psycho-costume-drama, and Patrick Magee turns in a good performance as the family doctor (somewhat reminiscent of his role in Coppola's Dementia 13). Director Peter Sykes keeps the horror fairly subdued until the bloody "shock" ending, which seems to spoil the mood a bit.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/2020
UPC: 0826663205329
Original Release: 1972
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 17,042

Special Features

New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman; "Blood Will Have Blood: Inside Demons of the Mind"; Audio Commentary with Director Peter Sykes, Writer Christopher Wicking and actress Virginia Wetherell, Moderated by Author/Film Historian Jonathan Sothcott; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Atkinson 1st Villager
Shane Briant Emil
George Cormack 2nd Villager
Dierdre Costello Magda
Robert Hardy Zorn
Patrick Magee Falkenberg
Thomas Heathcote Coachman
Gillian Hills Elizabeth
Michael Hordern Priest
Paul Jones Carl
Yvonne Mitchell Hilda
Sheila Raynor Old Crone
Barry Stanton Ernst
Virginia Wetherell Inge
Robert Brown Fischinger
Kenneth J. Warren Klaas

Technical Credits
Peter Sykes Director
Chris Barnes Editor
Rosemary Burrows Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Godwin Producer
Arthur Grant Cinematographer
Christopher Neame Production Manager
Harry Robinson Score Composer
Christopher Wicking Screenwriter

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