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Land of the Minotaur (1976)

The Devil's Men (original title)
PG | | Horror | June 1977 (USA)
A satanic cult kidnaps 3 young people and Priest Donald Pleasence and Costas Skouras must save them from the hands of this evil!

Director:

Kostas Karagiannis (as Costas Carayiannis)

Writer:

Arthur Rowe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Pleasence ... Father Roche
Peter Cushing ... Baron Corofax
Luan Peters ... Laurie
Kostas Karagiorgis ... Milo (as Costa Skouras)
Dimitris Bislanis Dimitris Bislanis ... Sgt. Vendris (as Fernando Bislani)
Anna Matzourani Anna Matzourani ... Widow - Mrs. Mikaelis (as Anna Mantzourani)
Christina Christina ... Grocer's Daughter
Nikos Verlekis ... Ian (as Nikos Verlel Verlekis)
Vanna Reville Vanna Reville ... Beth (as Gelsomina)
Robert Behling ... Tom (as Bob Behling)
Anestis Vlahos ... Shopkeeper - Karapades
George Veulis George Veulis ... Chauffeur - Max (as George Vevlis)
Jane Lyle ... Milo's Girlfriend
Meira Meira ... Maid
Jessica Dublin ... Mrs. Zagros (as Jessica)
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A satanic cult kidnaps 3 young people and Priest Donald Pleasence and Costas Skouras must save them from the hands of this evil!

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Half man . . . half beast . . . trapped in a world forgotten by time! See more »

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Horror

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Country:

Greece | UK | USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La secte des morts-vivants See more »

Filming Locations:

Greece

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Completed November 1975 (copyright 1976). See more »


Soundtracks

The Devil's Men
Music by Karl Jenkins
Lyrics by Carol Ann Barratt (uncredited)
Sung by Paul Williams
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Pretty boring for a film about a Greek mythological creature that shoots fire from its nostrils….
21 December 2009 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Donald Pleasance and Peter Cushing united in one horror film; that always sounds like a terrific plan. Two of the most versatile cult actors of their generation, who previously already starred together in terrific genre outings like "The Flesh and the Fiends" and "From Beyond the Grave", pairing up in a mid-70's satanic themed exploitation flick. How can this possibly go wrong? Well, unfortunately, it can. To my deepest regret "Land of the Minotaur" can hardly even be called mediocre, and that in spite of the cast, the exotic setting, the appealing title and the potentially great sounding premise. In a remote little area in Greece, more particularly near an archaeological site, multiple tourists vanish because Baron Peter Cushing and his docile followers keep feeding them to a fire-breathing Minotaur statue. Cushing, who never looked more bored and uninterested in any role he played before, owns a giant medieval castle and apparently in Greek this means you also own the complementary archaeological ruins and an underground network of caverns. That is of course quite handy if your hobby is the kidnapping of random campers and amateur archaeologists. When three of his young friends also mysteriously disappear in the same area, Father Roch - the priest of a couple of towns before) - decides to investigate. "Land of the Minotaur" is a boring and extremely slow-paced horror effort that never really undertakes any major attempts to generate a satanic atmosphere and doesn't bother to elaborate on all the potentially fascinating elements and pagan trivia details. The titular Minotaur, for example, is an intriguing creature of Greek mythology with the head of a bull and the body of a person, but for some inexplicable reason the script never deepens out the significance. Instead, the film focuses on tedious and overly talkative sequences and loud inappropriate music altered with experimental noises. The only reason to even consider giving this major disappointment of a film a chance is because of Donald Pleasance. His portrayal of rude, bossy and old-fashioned priest who criticizes everything that represents modern youth is powerful and reliable as always.


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