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The Devil's Messenger (1961)

Satan enlists the help of a suicide victim in Hell to lure unsuspecting earthly victims to their eternal doom. Contains 3 somewhat unrelated Twilight Zone-esque stories.

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Satan (as Lon Chaney)
Karen Kadler ...
Satanya
Michael Hinn ...
John Radian
Ralph Brown ...
Charlie (archive footage)
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Donald Powell (archive footage)
Bert Johnson ...
(archive footage)
Frank Taylor ...
Dr. Ben Seastrom (archive footage) (as Bert Johnson)
Chalmers Goodlin ...
Dr. Hume (archive footage)
Gunnel Broström ...
Madame Germaine (archive footage) (as Gunnel Brostrom)
Sara Harts ...
Angelica - Frozen Girl (archive footage) (as Tammy Newmara)
Jan Blomberg ...
J. D. Younger
Inga Botorp ...
Dixie (archive footage) (as Ingrid Bedoya)
Eve Hossner ...
Girl in Photograph (archive footage)
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Satan enlists the help of a suicide victim in Hell to lure unsuspecting earthly victims to their eternal doom. Contains 3 somewhat unrelated Twilight Zone-esque stories (A photography goes insane after raping a mysterious girl in the snow, a 50,000 year-old woman found frozen in an ice field is fought over by scientists, and a man's death is foretold in dreams) Written by danickster

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Takes you to the bowels of the earth for thrills and chills!

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La mensajera del diablo  »

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Edited out of three distinctive episodes, "The Photograph," "The Girl in the Glacier," and "Condemned in Crystal," all of which were directed by Curt Siodmak, for the Swedish/US TV series 13 Demon Street (1959), shot in English but originally aired with Swedish subtitles. Lon Chaney Jr. was brought to Sweden to film a framing story for the sake of continuity. See more »

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Photographer Don tells Charlie that "somebody" is coming out of the house in the photograph. When Charlie suggests that he's imagining it and they should look at the photograph, he says "If I can't see her, you'll believe me." See more »

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Satan: Love is such a stupid emotion.
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Quite an entertaining little horror film.
9 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Devil's Messenger was a feature film cobbled together from three episodes of a failed TV series, "13 Demon Street" and later shot footage featuring Lon Chaney as Satan. Chaney offers a woman who committed suicide a chance to escape the horrors of hell if she agrees to run a few errands for him. That is how they tie everything in the film together, as she delivers items that are used in each story and is really the catalyst for the stories.

Story number one deals with a stressed out photographer in need of a break. He takes a vacation to the mountains, but lets his lustful ways get the better of him as he murders a woman he tries to make advances on. After he returns to the city, the woman suddenly appears in a photo he took. Every time he looks at the picture, the woman appears closer in the picture, as she is making her way towards him to take her revenge.

The next story is about a group of scientists who discover a woman frozen in a block of ice deep in a cave. One scientist becomes obsessed with the woman and will go to any length to free her and make her his own.

The final story concerns a man who has a series of dreams concerning his death. His doctor advises him to go to the building that is in his dreams, in hopes that this will bring him some sort of relief. Instead he finds a gypsy woman who has a vision regarding his death as well.

The series this movie derives from was another in a long list of Twilight Zone imitators that just didn't make it. Each story itself was solid and made with good production qualities. The performances were fine, and Chaney seemed to be having a good time in his role. Pick this title up if you happen upon it, as its a fine old horror film with a lot to offer.


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