Friday, April 04, 2014

Brimstone and Treacle

Brimstone and Treacle is a 1976 horror teleplay starring Michael Kitchen as a demon in human form. Denholm Elliott stars as the father of a young woman rendered helpless by an accident. Considered too disturbing to air, it wasn't televised until 1987. This is another film which shows the striking effect a stranger can have on the lives of the unsuspecting -never quite what you would expect.

BFI Screen Online says this "darkly comic religious fable remains powerful without ever being gratuitous." says, "Brimstone and Treacle is a product of the time in which it was made, but because it was never transmitted at the time it should have been, sadly it can never be truly assessed as social commentary." Fright calls it " A deeply subversive essay on the allure—and possible beneficial effects—of evil, it’s a dark and provocative treat...."

It was remade with Sting in the Michael Kitchen role in 1982.


  1. I had to watch some of it just to see a young Michael Kitchen - I adore him! Oh my how much hair he had... What did you yourself think of the film?

    1. michael kitchen is always brilliant, isn't he! i found the film fascinating. to see how people react to this total stranger who pretends to know them, to see the impact he has on their lives and the secrets he uncovers, then to know other families will be similarly affected... i'd like to see the sting version to compare the 2