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The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

GP | | Horror | 6 August 1971 (USA)
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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Doc Duncan
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Sheriff
Charles Bateman ...
Ben
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Nicky
Charles Robinson ...
Priest
Alvy Moore ...
Tobey
Helene Winston ...
Dame Alice
Joyce Easton ...
Mildred Meadows
Debi Storm ...
Billie Joe
Jeff Williams ...
Stuart
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Phyllis (as Judy McConnell)
Robert Ward ...
Mike
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K.T.
Kevin McEveety ...
Child
Alyson Moore ...
Child
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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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THX 1138 (1971) was shown as a double feature with this film. See more »

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A family gets mixed up with a satanic coven that needs children.
26 April 2015 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is a very original production in all its surrealistic absurdity for its fantastic imagination and imagery - there is a tremendous dream sequence in the middle of the film, a nightmare, of course, but very efficient, credible and well done - exactly like that real nightmares tend to haunt you. The horror is not ridiculously exaggerated, like in most later horror films, but actually creeps into you with some efficiency and manages to present a spectacle that gets more fascinating all the time, until the grand finale, which offers some additional surprises.

The actors are all unknown, its a budget film with no pretensions, but it certainly deserves some attention, together with other odd films of some uniqueness, for instance "Wild in the Streets" from 1968 about a stipulated flower power world revolution. This belongs in almost the same category for making the absurd credible enough to catch your interest, which is the element of cinematic magic: the art of making the impossible credible and surrealism as a visually acceptable reality. Of course, it's a B-feature and not on par with professional standards, but it certainly is better than most B-features and well worth seeing at least for once.

The idea in itself is timeless: the problem of old age to renew itself, its longing for the lost youth, and the wishful thinking of the possibility of renewing it, a theme which also dominates a later and much more refined horror thriller, "The Skeleton Key" from 2005. Here the question is left open - did they succeed, or did they not? The door is left open for any possibility and impossibility.


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