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House Of Mortal Sin

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Jenny, understandably hurt by this behaviour, decides to go to confessional (oh-oh), where she wastes no time in telling all to a Father Meldrum: "He doesn't care about my feelings, he's got other girls…" But she soon gets scared by the priest's overbearing attitude ("There's no need to be embarrassed discussing sexual matters with me…") and runs away, straight into the arms of Bob, a man with a bad jacket and an Italian sports car. Before resigning his position, Father Cutler consults Father Duggan (Mervyn Johns) about his feelings for Vanessa. Strand-on-the-Green in W4 with Kew Bridge crossing the River Thames in the background and a holder at Brentford Gasworks in the distance. His style is certainly there, and his own Catholic background comes to the fore to caricature the church (via a dangerously repressed cleric) rather than (as many lapsed Catholics do) attack it.

This one's got a nice oversized region 2 art insert with lovely art on the other side that can't be seen through the neat black case. When she tells Terry of Meldrum's actions, Terry tracks Meldrum down and threatens him, but Meldrum bludgeons Terry to death with an incense burner and buries him in a freshly dug grave in the churchyard.After an uncomfortable encounter at the confessional, she is subsequently harassed, intimidated and threatened with extortion. It could use a good trimming of about twenty minutes but that's far from a complaint considering how steeped in a foreboding shadow and dipped in sadistic atmosphere it is. In THE CONFESSIONAL, that authority figure would be Father Xavier Meldrum (Anthony Sharp), a Catholic priest who tape records all his parishioners' confessions and murders those he considers too permissive.

Walker fails to bring any sensibility, other than the merely exploitative, to the grotesque material, this must be considered pretty irredeemable stuff, even for a horror film.

You might think, in this day and age, that making Catholic priests the subject of your ire is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, but this is 1976, a very different time. As she makes her way thrugh the darkened flat, she sees a crucifix flash in the darkness, and runs away - straight into the arms of Bernard and Vanessa. The performance of Anthony Sharp in particular, as the immoral and internally tortured priest, was outstanding. This is another tale of moral hypocrisy, misogyny, and perversion at the hands of supposed peacekeepers, very much like House of Whipcord except that Whipcord veers into the “women in prison” genre whereas this one focuses on an insane and corrupt priest.

With a wretched priest on a war path believing himself to be an avenging angel it dives into a pool of religious hypocrisy and mad mental puritan delusion. He throws a pot of hot coffee in the face of Jenny's friend Bobby (John Yule), who he mistakes for Jenny's boyfriend, beats and burns Jenny's boyfriend Terry (Stuart Bevan) with a flaming incense burner and buries him in the church cemetery. Hearing that her friend Bernard has become a Catholic priest, Jenny attends church to seek him out but finds that the man taking confession is not Bernard, but the elderly Father Meldrum.

Outwardly a kind-hearted counsellor of troubled youth, Meldrum is in fact a fervent believer in " divine justice" who freely resorts to emotional abuse in his obsessive efforts to redeem those he views as sinners.

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