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The Redeemer: Son of Satan (1978)

Damien Knight , Jeannetta Arnette , Constantine S. Gochis  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Damien Knight, Jeannetta Arnette, Nick Carter, Nikki Barthen, Michael Hollingsworth
  • Directors: Constantine S. Gochis
  • Writers: William Vernick
  • Producers: Sheldon Tromberg, Stephen M. Trattner
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WQ3RW2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,970 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Redeemer: Son of Satan" on IMDb

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good film, not for everyone October 27, 2010
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This movie is basically about a psycho killer priest who wears disguises & kills sinners who he recruited to a class reunion. He gets the ability to kill from an evil child. A lot of people compared this to the Omen because of the child that is involved in the film, but to me it reminded me more of the movie Frailty in terms of its religious message. Its not about a boy taking over ala Damien but of a person who wears some really creepy disguises to kill people who are sinners in (well in some cases) hideous ways all in the name of God.
There are some pretty intense murder scenes in particular one in the ladies room. There is one terrific gore scene & some other cool things to recommend. The acting is ok, as is the story ..pretty simple - nothing that can easily be confusing if you follow it from start to finish. Some would say it isn't clear why these murders are happening to this group of people but if you read the text at the beginning & the end it is clear to a certain extent. There is a meaning to the killings. And he is killing those who have sinned.
It is not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but it was a credible sincere effort. If you are a fan of films Crucible of Terror, Horror High , Horror Hospital and other low budget independent titles that companies like Code Red, Scorpion Releasing or Synapse Films would release , then Id recommend it easily.
Dont expect too much and you'll be rewarded.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars possessed priest punishes sinners February 3, 2013
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This is one of the most creepy and original horror films ever! Like Phantasm, you can tell this is the director's nightmare he made into a movie, especially when there's no explanation why things are happening. A priest gets possessed by a devil child in an elaborate plan to not only kill a handful of people but terrorize them over the weekend at a class reunion. If you like surprises in your horror, with this, you can't guess how the next scene will go down. The priest expresses his evil with several disguises from his own personal, insane bag of tricks. Well acted (especially by priest T.G. Finkbinder) by one hit wonder actors. The soundtrack matches the creepiness on screen and deserves credit for not letting you relax between kills. A very underrated flick. 16x9 and Windowboxed at 1.66:1 the picture and audio is grindhouse good.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satan's Children August 13, 2010
CLASS REUNION MASSACRE (1978) aka The Redeemer: Son of Satan! was not quite what I expected - I thought that this was going to be a Satanic slasher film but it was definitely more of a twisted religious film.

Not a very convincing religious movie, be it considered slasher film OR Satanic horror. The story itself, is not very believable and is played out as if it were a typical slasher movie; six former students attend their tenth year class reunion and get murdered. The murders have something to do with a child (son of Satan?) who comes into sight out of an inland lake and a mysterious, zealot preacher.

There is no suspense. There really aren't characters, only some that classify as religious archetypes. The biggest problem is that the movie is two things that directly counteract each other: religion vs Satan. You watch former students getting stabbed by a religious preacher.

Being a lover of horror films and watching the good, the bad, and the just Really bad, it was comforting to watch a bizarre old 70's horror film.

A mysteriously strange premise for a horror film, but not great execution. There are no twists, no surprises, and at the end of the film, you feel like the movie was more about seeing former students get killed than watching a religious Satanic story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pastor Of Disguise... March 24, 2013
A group of six old friends gather for their high school reunion, only to find themselves trapped, and at the mercy of an insane, vengeful preacher. THE REDEEMER: SON OF SATAN (aka: CLASS REUNION MASSACRE), is a decent enough slasher from that golden age of cinematic carnage, the 70s and 80s. The killer is interesting (he's a master of disguise doncha know!), the means of death are inventive, and the characters are wonderfully ridiculous! This one's more fun than a barrel full of razor blades and broken glass!... P.S.- The killer's disguises are the best aspect of the movie, especially his grim reaper and killer clown!...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice 70's Slasher October 12, 2013
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Code Red does it again by finding a little-known 70's slasher film with religious overtones, giving it the proper restoration treatment and releasing it to unexpecting audiences. The Seven Deadly Sins were never deadlier, as a boy with two thumbs on one hand (!?!) helps kill the seven people responsible for making one man's life a living hell during his time in school. It all takes place at a class reunion, where each nasty person (each one representing the Seven Deadly Sins) is picked-off in various bloody ways. Looking for something different? Then look no further. First time on DVD!
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