Satan's Slave (Uncut) (Katarina's Nightmare Theater)
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Presented as part of "Katarina's Nightmare Theater", you have the option of watching "Satan's Slave" with an opening and closing bit by horror hostess Katarina Waters. Normally I don't go for these kinds of things, but Katarina is quite enjoyable, and shares lots of little snippets of information about the movie - she doesn't make fun of the film like many of these kinds of "hosts" do. However, I must stress that if you have not seen this movie before - DO NOT watch the Katarina opening first, as she gives away a major spoiler to one of the more shocking moments of this movie.
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Directed by cult fave Norman J. Warren ('Inseminoid', 'Terror') and scripted by David McGillivray (a critic turned screenwriter who collaborated with Pete Walker in some memorable exploitation including 'House of Whipcord' and 'Frightmare') would lead you believe that this one's a gem, but it wasn't mined in that quarry. In fact, much of this film's problems can be traced to McGillivray's screenplay, a skeletal mixture of witchcraft, sadism and paranoia, driven by dialogue rather than action, which chugs along on auto-pilot most of the time. The storyline is predictably short and sweet (to those of us who appreciate such rubbish) - while visiting her uncle's country estate, a young girl (Candace Glendenning) becomes involved with Satanists who believe she's the reincarnation of an ancient witch, a plot I'm certain you've never heard of before...
Cast for her fragile beauty and startling blue eyes, Glendenning fits the bill as a stereotypical heroine, but she evinces little more than a colorless waif, and her one-note performance is a liability.Read more ›
Notable scenes include the all-too probable* mental manipulation of an individual beginning in an elevator, wherein the Sorcerer calls upon several Infernal Names straight out of The Satanic Bible, at an altar featuring a large inverted cross, to commit 'suicide' by jumping off a building; the beginning animation features a transmutating skull resembling "Facebones" from Metalokalypse. Some scenes include enjoyable nudity with nubile bodies. Also memorable is the Baphomet mask worn by Alexander while gesticulating the Cornu.
No 'happy ending' here. With the use of imposed hallucinations and clever deceptions, the cult actually succeeds in its endeavor.
It is easy to see through films such as this where some of the satanic panic claims have derived, while the Satanist can view these as entertainment fare, sometimes with inspirational theatrics for use in psychodrama. ∞
* As a matter of fact, this has been done.
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Very slow at start. Want to see more horror and control throughout the moviePublished 2 months ago by wendy greenleaf
Not a bad movie, but just does not stand up to the test of time.Published 5 months ago by Curtis Rice
Do not waste your time.....terribly produced....corny audio.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not for everyone, but I enjoyed it. It brings back memories of Saturday nights alone with my sweetie watching low budget horror. Read morePublished 7 months ago by richard nunley