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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)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Members of the films crew cameo as the villagers that try to burn Lucinda.See more »
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38 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A touch of ridiculousness, 26 October 2002
Author: divaclv

How is this film stupid? Let us count the ways:

1) It centers around the two most lackadaisical characters to ever be the subject of a film. Jody and Melissa spend half the movie sitting in uncomfortable silence, and the other half trading dialogue in accents that never reach any level of emotion, not even when Melissa's loony "grandmother" Lucinda starts skewering people with farm implements.

2) Melissa and Lucinda live out in the middle of nowhere, on what Jody insists on calling a "walnut ranch." Note to screenwriter: ranches usually raise livestock. Walnuts are more likely to be found in an orchard.

3) Besides Melissa and Lucinda, the ranch is also home to Luther and Molly. We assume they're Melissa's parents, until circumstances prove that impossible. Who they really are is aparently none of our business.

4) Melissa insists she's possessed by the devil. Jody refuses to believe her. This will persist, with no variation, for most of the film.

5) In a flashback, we learn Melissa and Lucinda are really sisters, and that Lucinda was nearly burned at the stake for witchcraft by an angry mob (more on them later) until Melissa sold her soul to Satan to save her. This scene, we later learn, takes place sometime in the 19th century. Blaming witches for everything had pretty much gone out of vogue by that time, although blaming minorities was pretty popular, if I remember my history.

6) Satan apparently is inconsistant in his deals. Melissa is allowed to remain young, while Lucinda ages. Then again, Lucinda in her youth looked something like Frida Khalo, so she didn't miss much.

7) About that angry mob--okay, angry isn't the best word for them, since they have about the energy and enthusiasm of a checkout line. How are we supposed to feel about them? They arrive with torches to burn Lucinda for witchcraft, but then it seems Lucinda really is guilty of the crime. It's one thing to portray Christians as narrow-minded, superstitious, and hypocritical, but what happens when they're actually right?

8) During the burning, the mob breaks out into "Amazing Grace." Aparently they only know one verse to the song, since they repeat it endlessly.

9) To save Melissa from the Devil, Jody must sleep with her. We're not sure why this is.

10) Once freed from the clutches of evil, Melissa begins showing her age, which is around a hundred and twenty. Most films would allow Melissa to die, so that her tormented soul may finally be at rest, but nooo--Jody has to sell his soul to the Devil to get her back. This might be a harrowing statement on the powers of darkness, until I recall that having people like Jody and Melissa in the camp isn't exactly an asset for the forces of Hell.

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