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The Confessional

R 1976 1h 44m Horror Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 46% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
No one suspects kindly Father Meldrum for the bizarre murders that have been going on -- but Jenny knows. Read More Read Less

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Eddie Harrison film-authority.com Not a classic, but a unique British horror film that locates something unnerving and immoral in the supposed pillars of society. Rated: 3/5 May 5, 2021 Full Review Paul Freitag-Fey Daily Grindhouse Those wanting to see a religion-based horror pic with a head on its thematic shoulders won't be let down. Aug 2, 2019 Full Review Brian Orndorf Blu-ray.com In the end, there are more pros than con with House of Mortal Sin, but Walker feels constipated with this effort, unsure if he wants to court controversy or make a cracking chiller. Rated: B- Jul 5, 2014 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 16, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Old mother didn't deserve such an unruly son. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review delysid d its a pete walker movie thats sort of like the boring british equivalent to more exciting italian movies of the 70s. but it was kind of cool if youre a fan of this sort of thing Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/25/18 Full Review Audience Member Menudo pedazo de sorpresa acabó de descubrir. Una de las películas más retorcidas que jamás he tenido la suerte de ver. Ambientación espeluznante, personajes creíbles y sobretodo, un Anthony Sharp que debería haber formado parte de cualquier antología de asesinos desde el minuto uno. Sensacional es decir poco, muy poco. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review anthony p Mid 1970s British horror about a killer Roman Catholic Priest. The Priest preys on mainly young females driving them mad and on the brink of suicide with his behaviour. The behaviour includes recording 'confidential' confessional conversations, attacking and maiming loved ones and having an unhealthy obsession with his elderly mother. The film I learned by watching the DVD extras was made by a filmmaker called Pete Walker whose speciality was low budget, British, controversial horror films. I will definitely check more of his work out. The cast includes a young Stephanie Beacham. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Jenny is stalked by an obsessed priest in THE CONFESSIONAL, from 1976! Pete Walker returns with another fiendish plot as he lashes out against the questionable methods of the Catholic church. When Jenny wanders in to the wrong confessional booth, her sins are recorded and used to blackmail her into submission by the crazed Father Meldrum, who has suffered from years of sexual repression from his mother and the church. Walker quickly sets the mood for mystery and suspense, while creating a constant sense of unease as the wayward priest presses his parishioners for more lurid details about their personal lives in order to "absolve" them of their sins. When that doesn't work, Meldrum enforces his own deadly form of penance upon his victims! Anthony Sharp is wickedly entertaining as Father Meldrum, who is joined by Walker favorite Sheila Keith as his permissive assistant. Susan Penhaligon and Norman Eshley are quite enjoyable as Jenny and Father Cutler, as well. THE CONFESSIONAL is a twisted and sadistic little shocker that is sure to please fans of ALICE, SWEET ALICE and ABSOLUTION. -Carl Manes I Like Horror Movies Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Some Seventies 42nd street swil, not a bad movie, 2 1/2 stars 12-7=12 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis No one suspects kindly Father Meldrum for the bizarre murders that have been going on -- but Jenny knows.
Director
Pete Walker
Producer
Pete Walker
Screenwriter
Pete Walker, David McGillivray
Production Co
Peter Walker (Heritage) Ltd.
Rating
R
Genre
Horror, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
British English
Release Date (DVD)
Mar 1, 2011
Runtime
1h 44m