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James E. McLarty (screenplay)
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23 August 1971 (USA) See more »
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A young man meets a farm girl who is actually a witch. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Don Henderson 
Writing credits
James E. McLarty (screenplay)

Produced by
George E. Carey .... producer
Original Music by
Robert O. Ragland 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth (director of photography) (as Jordan S. Cronenweth)
Film Editing by
Dick Elliott 
Makeup Department
Joe Blasco .... makeup creator
Valerie O'Tuohy .... makeup assistant
Ron West .... hairdresser
Production Management
Gordon E. Gadette .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Sawade .... assistant director
Art Department
Emil Grieco .... set constructor
Kevin G. Tracey .... property master
Sound Department
Ken Carlson .... production sound
Doug Rigney .... production sound
Special Effects by
Steve Karkus .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Elliot .... key grip
Michael A. Jones .... lighting gaffer (as Mike Jones)
Nick McLean .... assistant camera
Robert Vose .... still photographer
Donald M. Wolak .... best boy (as Donald Wolak)
Editorial Department
Stanford C. Allen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robert O. Ragland .... conductor
Other crew
Abel Baca .... production assistant
Ellen Bailey .... associate director
Susan Nicoletti .... production secretary
Lon Ravitz .... production assistant
Pamela Walshe .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Night of the Demon" - USA (reissue title)
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90 min | UK:85 min (1979) (video)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Members of the film's crew play the villagers who try to burn Lucinda.See more »
Melissa:Who are you?
Satan:I am a friend and companion of the night. I rejoice in spilled blood and the baying of dogs. I wander among shades and tombs. I am Gorgo, and Mormo, of the thousand-faced moon.
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Bless Tom, Mike, and Servo..., 10 September 2003
Author: The Hopping Woman (clowns_n_cookies) from The cookie jar (with clowns...)

Thanks to the good, good people of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I have been subjected to a wide variety of tremendously bad movies. Some are worse than others, and some are so horrible that writing commentary on them is almost pointless. (Almost as pointless as why anyone would make the movie in the first place, i.e. 'Santa Conquers the Martians')

But this delightful little film is definitely worth the commentary. Definitely.

The story begins as we're cruising around in a hot, brown maverick with Jodie Thompson: the ill-fated loser/hero of our movie. He winds up at a walnut ranch on his road trip where he meets the frumpy Melissa Strickland, a gal with more than a couple of demons in her closet. Melissa talks Jodie into hangin' around for a couple of days, just enough time to get a first taste of what family life is like at the Strickland residence. Grandma mutilates a few people, Jodie and Melissa do it near her "Dad's" pond, and a couple of souls are sold to Satan. Fin.

The plot itself isn't horrible... but everything else about the movie is. Horrid looking actors, horrid directing and film editing, and let's not forget the horrid dialogue. ("This is where the fish lives" will forever remain one of the funniest, stupidest comments ever said in a film.) In other words, this is a horror film- as in horrific every which way you slice it.

But the film isn't all that unbearable to watch, especially when you have a couple of sarcastic robots at hand. The less seriously you take the movie, the more fun you'll have. And the more fun you have, the easier it will be to make it through the entire movie.

Get's a 2.4 out of 10!

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