To the Devil a Daughter


To the Devil… A Daughter is a 1976 horror film made by Hammer Film Productions, directed by Peter Sykes. It stars Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman, Nastassja Kinski and Denholm Elliott. The original music score was composed by Paul Glass.

The film was adapted from the 1953 novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. It was the second of Wheatley’s “black magic” novels to be filmed by Hammer, following The Devil Rides Out, released in 1968. It was marketed with the tagline “…and suddenly the screams of a baby born in Hell!”

Trivia:

  • Michael Goodliffe and Anthony Valentine were cast at short notice
  • The last film Of Michael Goodliffe.
  • Olivia Newton-John was a candidate for Catherine.
  • Cliff Robertson was seriously favored for Verney (Richard Widmark).
  • Ken Russell and Mike Hodges were approached to direct the film.
  • The “Hill near Warburton” Mausoleum is actually the Dashwood Mausoleum in West Wycombe. Currently National Trust Property, it used to belong to the notorious Hellfire Club.
  • The preproduction was troubled by Hammer and EMI problems in finding a suitable name actor for Verney and a director too.
  • Two high-priced British actors were cast as David and George De Grass but because Richard Widmark fee was higher than expected. The roles of David and George De Grass were recast at the 11th hour.

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