1972 Demons of the Mind

Demons of the Mind – 1972

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

Copyright MCMLXXI Hammer Film Productions Limited – All rights reserved 

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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From an original story by
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Roy Skeggs
Michael Stringer
Chris Barnes
Christopher Neame
Ted Morley
Gladys Goldsmith
John Purchese
Terry Poulton
Trevor Crole-Rees
Maud Onslow
Rosemary Burrows
Eileen Sullivan
Bill Greene
Bill Brodie
Len Abbott
A.W. Lumkin
James Liggat
Neil Binney
Arthur Grant
Harry Robinson
Philip Martell
Christopher Wicking
Christopher Wicking and Frank Godwin
Frank Godwin
Peter Sykes


Carl Richter
Dr Falkenberg
Aunt Hilda
Count Zorn
Elizabeth Zorn
Emil Zorn (introducing)
Countess Zorn
1st Villager
2nd Villager
Matronly Woman
Old Crone
1st Girl
2nd Girl

Paul Jones
Patrick Magee
Yvonne Mitchel
Robert Hardy
Gillian Hills
Michael Hordern
Kenneth J Warren
Shane Briant
Virginia Wetherall
Deirdre Costello
Barry Stanton
Sidonie Ward
Robert Brown
Thomas Heathcote
John Atkinson
George Cormack
Mary Hignett
Sheila Raynor
Jan Adair
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