PURE TERROR MONTH: The Devil’s Nightmare (1971)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: An American living in London, Jennifer Upton is a freelance writer for International publishers Story Terrace and others. In addition, she has a blog where she frequently writes about horror and sci-fi called Womanycom.

Directed by Belgian Jean Brismée, the film was a co-production between companies in Belgium and Italy and fits comfortably into the sub-genre of Euro-horror combining gothic atmosphere, supernatural elements, lots of sex and violence. 

The film opens at the end of WWII during a bombing raid. A Baron’s wife has just given birth and died immediately after. The Baron orders the servants out of the house for safety and murders his newborn daughter in her cradle. The scene – shocking even by today’s standards – uses a real baby in the special effect. A good way to grab the audience’s attention for sure. 

We then flash forward to present-day 1971. A busload…

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