Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Satan's Blood (1978) aka Don't Panic aka Escalofrío

4 / 5 Feb '10
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Carlos Puerto
Written by: Carlos Puerto
Actors include: Ángel Aranda, Sandra Alberti, Mariana Karr
Genre: Horror
Length: 82 minutes
Banned: Nope

Quite an interesting take on Satanism, thanks Spain! When it started out I figured we were in for another Rosemary's Baby clone, but this was far from that. See this is riddled with nudity, it's got blood and sleaze galore and even an orgy! The idea is that a young couple is stopped on the road by another claiming to know the husband from college...funny thing is that he has no memory of meeting this man before. Before they know it they are on their way out in the middle of nowhere back to this mysterious couple's giant stone mansion. At first things aren't too weird but once we catch the lady of the house biting some sort of entrails in the kitchen we know something is wrong. Other big giveaways include books on satanism and the fact that they don't seem to want to let this couple leave. It's kinda neat because as they informed us before the movie started, they really did do much research into Satanism and a lot of what is in the movie is based around what occurs in real rituals. Well that's what the director (I think) told us anyhow, kinda cool really. It does go places I didn't expect it to and it was rather charming, probably one of the better devil films from the '70s.

Availability:  On DVD

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