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  • Actors: Felissa Rose, Ellen Sandweiss, Edwin Neal, Irma St. Paule, Danny Lopes
  • Directors: Dante Tomaselli
  • Writers: Dante Tomaselli
  • Producers: Anthony J. Vorhies, Christa Avery, Milka Stanisic, Millie Stanisic, Tony Rullis
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FUTV28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Satan's Playground" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Writer/Director Dante Tomaselli
  • "Satan’s Playground: Behind the Scenes" featurette
  • "Dante Tomaselli and The Jersey Devil" featurette
  • Poster and Still Gallery

Editorial Reviews

Three icons of extreme ’70s/’80s horror — Felissa Rose of SLEEPAWAY CAMP, Ellen Sandweiss of THE EVIL DEAD and Edwin Neal of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE — come together in this terrifying journey into the black heart of brutality. What begins as a fun family vacation in the wilderness of the Pine Barrens soon becomes a nightmare of torment delivered by a depraved clan of backwoods psychopaths and the bloodcrazed beast known as ‘The Jersey Devil’. Enter if you dare: myth and madness are about to collide in the dark carnage of SATAN’S PLAYGROUND. Irma St. Paule (DESECRATION) and Ron Millkie (FRIDAY THE 13TH) co-star in this deliriously grisly low-budget epic written and directed by Dante Tomaselli that Arrow In The Head hails as "a relentless and uber-entertaining circus of horror…sprinkled with magic mushrooms for good measure!"

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At some point, a police officer shows up in at the haunted house then heads back to his car and is attacked by the Jersey Devil.
Jeffrey R. Durkin
I wish I would of read Frank T Miller;s review on this movie before I opened it and watched it because I may have taken it back to get my money back.
Norm J
Still, bad acting is to be expected from a Tomaselli joint, as are the inevitable plot holes and bits that simply don't make sense.
Robert Beveridge

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 9, 2013
Format: DVD
SATAN'S PLAYGROUND takes Dante Tomaselli's last effort, HORROR a step further, by fusing that film's nightmare / hallucination-type imagery into a more linear storyline. This time, we have a basic supernatural monster movie w/ a crazy, demonic twist. It concerns the legend of The Jersey Devil, an insane family of murdering maniacs, and human sacrifice. Felissa Rose (SLEEPAWAY CAMP, HORROR) and Ellen Sandweiss (THE EVIL DEAD, BRUTAL MASSACRE: A COMEDY) play sisters who find themselves -along w/ Sandweiss' baby and Rose's husband and autistic son- stuck, lost, and under relentless attack by an unimaginable force of eeevil. Tomaselli's signature paranoia, claustrophobia, and psychosis soak the atmosphere. Edwin Neal (yep, that creepy hitchhiker guy from the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) plays what amounts to a reprise of that role. Irma St. Paul plays the ancient, deceptively wicked Mrs. Leeds. Filmed in the Pine Barrens, Tomaselli makes the woods come alive w/ sweeping, lunging camera work. SATAN'S PLAYGROUND is a throwback to early 70s horror cinema, though it's subject matter and utter bleakness are more modern. A wonderful flesh-bubbler...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey R. Durkin on July 25, 2007
Format: DVD
...but not by much.

Pros
The soundtrack: The best thing about this film is the sound. It is genuinely creepy at times and sets an aural mood that many films miss (I'm thinking of the bombastic sound of popular audience modern genre movies like Van Helsing). The soundtrack deserves a better movie.

Not showing the Jersey Devil: The main beastie is never shown (although we do get plenty of cliched monster POV shots). Given the low budget of the movie and the nature of the cons (see below) any creature would have undoubtedly looked horrible (as opposed to horrifying).

The setting: The Pine Barrens lend themselves to unsettling imagery and the director can, at times, compose some nice shots.

The plot: The basic premise - that the Jersey Devil and the specters of the Leed's clan still haunt the woods - has promise and the flow of the plot - stupid vacationers get lost and are picked off one by one - while a standard of horror films, is a standard because it still works. People often complain about characters in movies like this doing unrealistic things (e.g., wandering off by themselves, going back to a house they narrowly escaped from). In reality, of course, people probably wouldn't do this sort of thing...and they also wouldn't encounter flying monsters or the ghosts of people dead for 300 years.

Cons - unfortunately, everything else in this movie is pretty bad.

Acting: The actors are just not that good. It was just painful watching endless scenes of people either running about screaming or mugging for the camera.

The villains: The Leed's family doesn't come across as creepy...just annoying. In part, this is because of the bad acting.
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By Jason A. on April 5, 2014
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Just when I thought that the only movies that are really worth watching are for the most part pre-'87-88 I was pleasantly surprised with this tale of rural happenings.
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<strong>Satan's Playground</strong> (Dante Tomaselli, 2006)

I have long been a defender of Dante Tomaselli's work, having seen, and liked, both 1999's <em>Desecration</em> and 2002's <em>Horror</em>. I grant you, Tomaselli's movies are an acquired taste, even if you're used to no-budget horror with amateurish special effects and bad acting, but let's face it: watching a Dante Tomaselli movie on a loop for an entire week is better than watching one minute of pretty much any movie that has ever been produced by The Asylum. You know this is true. And so we come to Tomaselli's third feature, <em>Satan's Playground</em>. It's got some of the Tomaselli hallmarks (most notably, the fact that very little of this makes sense, as if Tomaselli woke up from a nightmare, transcribed it, and then never revised), but this movie had a bigger budget, got some name stars, and has a more straightforward plot than usual. It may have been an attempt to take the Tomaselli name to a wider audience. If so, I think it failed pretty miserably, but if you're an established Tomaselli fan, this is good stuff.

We start off with a family driving through the New Jersey woods. Pieces of a family, anyway. There's grandpa (<em>Sleepers</em>' Salvatore Paul Piro), his two daughters Donna (<em>Sleepaway Camp</em>'s Felissa Rose) and Paula (<em>The Evil Dead</em>'s Ellen Sandweiss), and Paula's infant son Anthony (Marco Rose). I'm not entirely sure where they're going; if it's mentioned, I don't remember. In any case, they break down in the woods, there's a house nearby, you know the drill. That scenario never ends well.
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"Satan's Playground" is surreal garbage, a waste of celluloid and an idiotic crime against horror cinema. It has a totally convoluted plot. It has idiotic, poorly-written, unlikable, and anyeurism-inducingly annoying characters. Tension is non-existant. Special FX are non-existant, and the hyped-up Jersey Devil appears as nothing more than a poorly-rendered CGI flash. "Evil Dead" alluminite Ellen Sandweiss and "Sleepaway Camp" star Felissa Rose are painfully wasted as garbage characters. This movie is the bane of the low-budget, straight-to-video universe. Thanks to this moronic, clueless, pitiful and pathetic excuse for a horror film, I have become extra cautious when searching for a decent horror movie on the video shelves. It used to be that I grabbed anything that looked interesting, and though most of what I got was lousy, I'd occasionally come across a gem or two. I was in the same state of mind when I rented this insipid dust speck. Thanks to this movie, I almost never rent any sort of STV horror release nowadays. Due to my over-caution, I've probably passed up real movies that deserved my attention. Dante Tomaselli, you owe me an apology you pretentious hack.
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