Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 31 Dec 2006
Loosely based on a novel by Dennis Wheatley, To the Devil a Daughter had little in common with the company’s previous Wheatley adaptations, The Devil Rides Out and The Lost Continent. In fact a generation of filmmaking sensibilities separated it from almost every Hammer film that had gone before. Tellingly, the poster for To the Devil promoted it as a successor to Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, while Hammer’s credit appeared in small type at the bottom. At the very least, To the Devil a Daughter was the only modern horror film Hammer had the chance to make, but it merits reappraisal on many other grounds. Its greatest asset is a performance of chilling intensity from Christopher Lee, but director Peter Sykes’ fragmented narrative is equally arresting right up to the surreal (anti)climax. Unfairly dismissed as a lost opportunity, Hammer’s final horror film was in fact a tantalising glimpse of an intriguing new direction.