1971 Demons of the Mind

Demons of the Mind - 1971

A Hammer production in association with Frank Godwin Productions Ltd., released through MGM-EMI Film Distributors Limited 

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MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the name, used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound System 

Made at EMI-MGM EIstree Studios, Hertfordshire, England 

Technicolor 89 mins 


1830: Baron Zorn believes his family to be tainted with insanity and keeps his son, Emil, and daughter, Elizabeth, under lock and key at the castle. But Elizabeth has escaped and has met medical student Carl Richter, who has fallen in love with her. When she is recaptured and taken back to her confinement, Carl sets off on her trail, determined to find her again. Meanwhile, when Emil, a dangerous psychotic, murders a local girl, the outraged villagers, egged on by a fanatical priest, vow to rid themselves of the 'demon' in their midst. It is the beginning of the tragic and bloody downfall of the Zorn dynasty.

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Production Supervisor Roy Skeggs
Designer Michael Stringer
Editor Chris Barnes
Production Manager Christopher Neame
Assistant Director Ted Morley
Continuity Gladys Goldsmith
Sound Recordist John Purchese
Sound Editor Terry Poulton
Make-up Trevor Crole-Rees
Hairdressing Maud Onslow
Wardrobe Supervisor Rosemary Burrows
Wardrobe Mistress Eileen Sullivan
Construction Manager Bill Greene
Assistant Art Director Bill Brodie
Dubbing Mixer Len Abbott
Recording Director A.W. Lumkin
Casting Director James Liggat
Camera Operator Neil Binney
Director of Photography Arthur Grant
Music Composed by Harry Robinson
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by Christopher Wicking
From an original story by Christopher Wicking and Frank Godwin
Produced by Frank Godwin
Directed by Peter Sykes


Carl Richter Paul Jones
Dr Falkenberg Patrick Magee
Aunt Hilda Yvonne Mitchel
Count Zorn Robert Hardy
Elizabeth Zorn Gillian Hills
Priest Michael Hordern
Klaus Kenneth J Warren
Emil Zorn (introducing) Shane Briant
Inge Virginia Wetherall
Magda Deirdre Costello
Ernst Barry Stanton
Countess Zorn Sidonie Ward
Fischinger Robert Brown
Coachman Thomas Heathcote
1st Villager John Atkinson
2nd Villager George Cormack
Matronly Woman Mary Hignett
Old Crone Sheila Raynor
1st Girl Jan Adair
2nd Girl Jane Cardew


Peter Sykes went on to direct Hammer's last horror film, "To the Devil a Daughter" (1976).
 Hammer appear to have been grooming Shane Briant for future stardom. He has parts in three more of their films - "Straight on till Morning" (1972), "Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter" (1972) and "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell" (1973).
 Michael (later Sir Michael) Hordern was a much respected stage and screen actor. His other films include "Scrooge" (1951), in which he played Marley's ghost, "The Spy who Came in from the Cold" (1965) and "Theatre of Blood" (1973, with Vincent Price).
 Paul Jones was previously the lead singer with the pop group "Manfred Mann".

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection