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The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

GP  |   |  Horror  |  6 August 1971 (USA)
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A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.

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A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.

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The Prince Of Darkness Arises From The Bowels Of The Earth! See more »

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Come in Children  »

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When the film was originally released, theatergoers were given a packet of "Satan's Soul" seeds when they purchased their tickets. Each paper envelope (illustrated with the movie's logo) contained two seeds, which were, according to the instructions, supposed to provide protection "from the Black Magic of The Brotherhood of Satan". It is not known for certain if anything (hellish or otherwise) ever sprouted from the seeds. See more »

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A film that Bores or Resonates Depending on the Viewer
4 August 2006 | by (Flushing, New York) – See all my reviews

The Brotherhood of Satan is viewed by some as a great film and by others as much less than mediocre. The difference lies in the mind of the beholder. Literal-minded folk will definitely not appreciate it and will find it slow-moving and boring. Even those who think of it as a classic will agree that it takes a long time for anything significant to happen. However, for those with a metaphysical bent, once the film gets moving, it resonates at a very deep level of the psyche.

Someone raised in a mystical or semi-mystical religion, taught doctrines of transubstantiation, resurrection of the body, the power of prayer, the importance of surrender to the almighty, and the necessity of worship will find striking parallels here though the object of adoration is the Powerful Evil One. God needs the Devil, good needs evil, life needs death, the old need the young in a dualistic world. When attraction is balanced by repulsion in the mind of the viewer, the effect is powerful. Strother Martin in the role of doctor and devil's surrogate is superb.

The use of toys and dolls to symbolize elements that exist on different levels of size or importance is ingenious. This multidimensionality suggests to our subconscious mind that nothing is just what it appears to be. In science fiction and horror, this powerful tool stimulates the imagination. In science it suggests multiple realities, multiple universes.


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