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The Touch of Satan (1971)

PG | | Horror | 23 August 1971 (USA)
A young man meets a farm girl who is actually a witch.

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Complete credited cast:
Michael Berry ...
Emby Mellay ...
Lee Amber ...
Yvonne Winslow ...
Jeanne Gerson ...
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Lew Horn ...
Deputy John Mason
Sharon Crabtree ...
John J. Fox ...
Attendant
Hal K. Dawson ...
Mr. Gentry
Frank Jansen ...
Ellen Bailey ...
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On his way to California, Jodie decides on a whim to make a brief side trip to a farm, where he meets and falls in love with Melissa, the proverbial farmer's daughter. Or so it seems. In between the overlong dramatic pauses, we learn that Melissa is in fact a 120-year-old witch, and her remarkably spry "great-grandmother," Lucinda, is actually her sister, who has been pitchforking people to death in her spare time. When Lucinda murders a local policeman, things start to get real complicated for Jodie. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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witch | farm | murder | handcuffs | fire | See All (20) »

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Night of the Demon  »

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The gas station attendant tells Jodie he believes the mysterious murderer is a "FRO-MA-KITAL maniac" - this is, of course, a severe mispronunciation of "homicidal maniac." See more »

Quotes

Deputy: We ain't found nothin' yet, not even a suspicious lookin' cow chip.
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In the version of this film that appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000 there is a brief negative flaw in the closing credits. The cast begins to scroll up when suddenly the bottom of the credits drop and reappear. See more »

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1970s Trash With Just a Hint of Possibility
2 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The plot says, "A man meets a farmgirl who is actually a witch." I think the story is a bit more complicated than that, but sure...

The film has flaws. Oh, yes, it sure does. Poor video quality (perhaps fixable) makes the picture appear even more cheap than it probably was. The plot drags at times, many times, and the villain relies on some rather poor makeup (though this would be less bothersome if she was shown less). Actually, the plot dragging is the worst part. Cut ten minutes off this to improve the pace and the whole movie would instantly be improved.

Most people have probably seen this film on "Mystery Science Theater"... (actually, most people have not seen the film at all). Do not let this fool you. While the movie is bad, it is not quite the terrible film IMDb makes it out to be. I see worse films on a regular basis that somehow get better rankings. So, although this film is bad, its being on the Bottom 100 is in error -- with a few touch-ups, edits, etc. this film has the potential to be something more. Still something average, and not actually good, but far from the worst...


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