A Candle For The Devil Blu-ray Review – Surprisingly Good 1973 Horror

I love watching horror films from the seventies, the one I’m taking a look at here is a Spanish horror starring Judy Geeson whom you may recognise from the Hammer film Fear in the Night (1972). So without further ado here’s my A Candle For The Devil blu-ray review.

  • A Candle For The Devil (1973)
  • Genre: Spanish Horror
  • UK Rating 18
  • Released By Odeon Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Released: 1 June 2015


Two sisters Marta and Verónica run the local inn in a small town in Spain. It’s a place in which many tourists decide to stay, however the sisters have a very strict set of values that doesn’t really mix with the young female women that decide to stay. They are appalled at the lack of clothing these women wear and think it a sin for a lady with a small child not to be married.

Style / Direction

The film is directed by Eugenio Martín with the cinematography side of things that’s taken care of by José F. Aguayo. Set in a small Spanish village it has a different feel from your typical horror film which is a nice change. The story flows well and the tension builds to the inevitable climax.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is by Antonio Pérez Olea

Acting / Characters

The acting is good enough although the sisters are clearly dubbed for the English market. Judy Geeson plays Laura Barkley who arrives at the inn intending to meet up with her sister only to be told she has already left without leaving any message. Geeson plays a likeable enough character and has you hoping that she does not become the next victim.

  • Judy Geeson as Laura Barkley
  • Aurora Bautista as Marta
  • Esperanza Roy as Verónica

Conclusion: A Candle For The Devil (1973) Film Review

A Candle For The Devil is a horror film I’d never heard of, that is until I spotted it on Blu-ray. Whilst I’m not going to say it’s the best film ever it is stylishly made and being a Spanish film has a different feel that along with the excellent Judy Geeson made this worth a look.

A Candle For The Devil Blu-ray Review

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Conclusion: A Candle For The Devil Blu-ray Review

I’ll get straight to the point there are speckles throughout the film, there not too bad however and don’t spoil it too much. The image is pretty sharp and clear but the biggest negative has to be the colour. The colours are washed out giving an overall faded look. To be fair I doubt the film used would of being the best as I suspect the budget was rather small. So I can forgive it a little as it’s not a well known title and in many ways I’m simply glad that it’s been released on to blu-ray.

Only a trailer on the extras front but for a release like this I find this acceptable.

  • Trailer

On to my movie rating for A Candle For The Devil (1973)

  • Movie Rating: WORTH WATCHING
  • Blu-ray Picture: DECENT
  • Extras: BASIC

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A Candle For The Devil blu-ray review

Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version

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Summary: A Candle For The Devil (1973) Blu-ray Review
A Candle For The Devil (1973)

Movie title: A Candle For The Devil (1973)

Duration: 87 mins

Director(s): Eugenio Martín

Actor(s): Judy Geeson, Aurora Bautista, Esperanza Roy

Genre: Horrror

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A stylishly made Spanish horror that has a different feel along with the excellent Judy Geeson.

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