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Asylum of Satan/Satan's Children


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  • Actors: Carla Borelli, Nick Jolley, Charles Kissinger, Louis Bandy, Stephen White
  • Directors: William Girdler, Joe Wiezycki
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FMBL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,123 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Asylum of Satan/Satan's Children" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 7 Minutes of Ultra-Rare "Asylum of Satan" Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Asylum-of-Horror Trailers for "Asylum of Satan," "Don't Look in the Basement," "Dr. Tarr's Torture Dungeon," "Horror High," "House of Missing Girls," "House of the Damned," "The House That Vanished," "Mansion of the Doomed" and "The Murder Clinic"
  • Burlesque Queen Lorraine Lane stars in the Devilish Short Subject "Satan's Dance"
  • Satan offers a woman "fun, excitement, love, romance, and success in business" if she promises to wear a pair of Satanic Shoes in the marvelously tacky 30-minute Featurette, "The Soul Snatcher"
  • Ghastly Gallery of Ghoulish Comic Cover Art with Horror Audio Rarities
  • Collectible Booklet: "Girdler, the Devil, and Asylum of Satan" by Patty Breen

Editorial Reviews

Asylum of Satan (1971) - Lovely Lucina Martin suspects there's something wrong with the rest home where she's recovering from a nervous breakdown. Therapy includes covering a patient in bugs, setting another on fire, and tossing a third into a pool full of snakes. Then there's the hatchet-faced ghoul running around upstairs and a grinning demon lurking in the basement. Which is why Lucina believes that this is not a tranquil hospital but actually an Asylum of Satan! The first feature from William Girdler, director of "Three on a Meathook" and "The Manitou," is fun, gory drive-in fare direct from Jefferson County, Kentucky. "Satan's Children" (1974) - Runaway teen Bobby is given shelter by a friendly cult of Satanists, but his presence--and questionable sexuality--leads to conflicts within Satan's Children, especially after a lesbian member is damned to Hell. But Bobby proves to be one sick puppy, which he demonstrates in ways that would even make the devil smile. So hilarious, homophobic, and just plain insane, you'd think Lucifer himself was personally involved!

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The whole thing is COOL!
Bryce David
This is the tale of a mysterious hospital run by a sinister man who keeps a beautiful woman there against her will.
Kevin P. Coon
Never before or since has rubber been depicted onscreen with the precise vision seen in Asylum of Satan.
"fleebs"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Manfred Zeichmann on August 14, 2003
Shot in 1972 ASYLUM OF SATAN was director William GIRDLER's debut movie. He would later helm the animal horror flick GRIZZLY, which made quite an impression on me, when I watched it on TV as a young boy.
ASYLUM OF SATAN's plot concerns Lucinda MARTIN, a young woman who is hospitalized after a nervous breakdown and trasferred to a weird private clinic. Her mental and physical health however is at risk there since the rundown medical facility is in fact run by devil worshippers. While the few other patients are killed one by one, Lucinda's fiance despairingly tries to save her, as Lucinda awaits her fate as human sacrifice in a black mass. I don't want to give away the ending, but you can expect a not so unusual twist ending.
ASYLUM OF SATAN clearly shows its shoe-string budget, but is entertaining in a trashy way with its cheap thrills and ridiculous make-up effects. The Devil himself appears toward the end of the film - likely you fall out of your chair laughing when you see this basement make-up "effort". However some scenes manage to be effective, my favorite being the scene with the blind female patient being killed in an indoor swimming pool by snakes.
The second film of this devilish double feature is much better. SATAN'S CHILDREN is a very grim and bad taste movie from the glorious 1970ies, when nobody cared about political correctness.
The plot revolves around runaway teenager Bobby, who flees his sexually teasing stepsister and his tyrant father, only to bump into a vicious homosexual. He holds Bobby at knife-point and phones his equally depraved gay friends for a "hell ass party"(!) They throw Bobby out of their car after they had gang raped him. Bobby is found hurt and naked by some satanists, who resemble more a bunch of hippies than a group of devil worshippers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 18, 2005
I have been checking out all of the double-feature exploitation film DVDs I can find and there is usually some fun to be had no matter how bad they are, and with "Asylum of Satan" and "Satan's Children" this would be the bottom of the barrel to date. "Asylum of Satan" is the work of director William Gridler, best remembered for "Grizzly" and "Day of the Animals," and for dying in a helicopter accident in 1978. In this one Lucina Martin (Carla Borelli) has apparently had a nervous breakdown wakes up and learns from nurse Martine Williams (Charles Kissinger) that she is a patient at the Pleasant Hill Hospital where she is being treated by Dr. Jason Specter (also Charles Kissinger). Lucina has strange visions and there appear to be strange things going on at the asylum. When her fianceé Chris Duncan (Nick Jolley) tries to visit her he is sent away. He returns with a cop, Tom Walsh (Louis Bandy), only to discover the place is broken down and clearly has not been inhabited in years. This leads us to the central question of this 1975 film: why is a babe like Lucina engaged to the frumpy Chris?

The other big question is why is Kissinger playing both Martine and Specter? Is there some reason besides the opportunity to Martine to help Lucina take a bath? I could list a whole bunch of questions that come to mind while watching this movie and I have to admit that that clearly Gridler wants us to be asking questions. The problem is that answers to these questions are not always forthcoming and there is a definite sense of ambiguity that the film cultivates to no clear purpose. However, the point where your jaw will drop down is clearly going to be when Satan shows up. This is because supposedly Satan is wearing the same mask the devil wore in "Rosemary's Baby.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dyraks12 on January 3, 2005
Asylum of Satan is all well and good, but Satan's Children could possibly be the single funniest movie of all time. Meant to be serious it contains so many lines that make you laugh so historical that it is possible your heart could explode!!! Bobby's father only has one line throughout the entire movie that isn't side splitting. Only to follow it up with another classic remark. The whole concept of this atrocity is so funny you'll want to watch it over and over. When watching this mess-terpiece keep an eye out for the following:

1. The amount of times the Douglas family exclaims ALL RIGHT!!!

2. The amount of time Bobby Douglas is walking on the street before going into a gay bar.

3. The speed in which Jake and Bobby travel on his MoPed. They are going so slow, Jake can barley keep it steady.

4. How long Janice's leg is under the table, and the look of accomplishment on Bobby's face.

5. The background when the one girl is getting asked if she is gay or not.

6. The soup Bobby is get fed while he is hurt (It's water)

7. The gunfire screams at the end.

8. The 45-minute love song, while Janice is hanging.

You see all these great scenes and more in Satan's Children!!!

Oh yeah don't miss Chris Duncan's mustache or the zipper on the Satan outfit in the remarkable Asylum or Satan!!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin P. Coon on February 19, 2003
This is the best disc Something Weird has put out so far. The first movie is Asylum Of Satan by director William Girdler. This is the tale of a mysterious hospital run by a sinister man who keeps a beautiful woman there against her will. Of course she is going to be given to Satan during a black mass. Leading Lady Carla Borelli is very pleasant on the eyes and does a very good job as the damsel in distress. Charles Kissinger as the menacing Dr. Spector is top notch. Good shocks in this movie.
The second feature is very twisted, but a lot of fun. It's Satan's Children and it's about a young man who is raped by four gay men and dumped on the side of the road and left for dead. A gropu od satanists find him and the female leader falls in love with him. She takes over the coven while the leader is away and proceeds to torture a lesbian member of the sect simply because she is a lesbian. Bobby, the young man who was raped is told he cannot be a satanist because he was raped and it proves he's weak!! He then hunts down his attackers and.....well I won't spoil it. Just ger this disc and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed. Lots of cool extras as well.
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