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Evil Heritage (1976)
"Satan's Slave" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  August 1979 (USA)
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A young girl is caught up in a devil cult run by her evil uncle and cousin. She can trust no one and even people she thought were dead comes back to haunt her.

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Uncle Alexander Yorke
Martin Potter ...
Stephen Yorke
Candace Glendenning ...
Catherine Yorke
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Frances
Michael Craze ...
John
Gloria Maley ...
Janice (as Gloria Walker)
James Bree ...
Malcolm Yorke
Celia Hewitt ...
Elizabeth Yorke
David McGillivray ...
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A young girl is caught up in a devil cult run by her evil uncle and cousin. She can trust no one and even people she thought were dead comes back to haunt her. Written by <jonas.urve@mailbox.swipnet.se>

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It's Catherine's birthday. You're invited to her torture party.

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It was on this low-budget (£15,000) movie that make-up artist Nick Maley first met actress Gloria Walker (aka Gloria Maley) who he married in 1978. Nick credits trying to clean Gloria up, naked in the bath, after her bloody murder scene with the beginnings of their relationship. "We got to know each other rather well that night." Later Nick and Gloria wrote Horror Planet (1981), also directed by Norman Warren. See more »

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Uncle Alexander Yorke: The thing I admire most about you, Francis, is your ability to suffer in silence. Don't ever change.
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The Darkness of Unbearable Being

I am going to give a lot of Gough(pronounced GUFF) on this film. Not really. Be realistic. What does one really expect with a name like Satan's Slave and starring that master ham - Michael Gough. In Gough's favor - he gives(for him) a rather subtle performance and is the best thing about this film. Unfortunately that doesn't mean terribly much. Satan's Slave is about a girl and her parents going to visit an uncle she has never met. He(Gough) happens to practice the black arts and is working against all odds to bring back his dead wife. In order to do so he needs to sacrifice his niece(never really explained why?) Well, needless to say, he has a devilish time toying with his niece as he awaits the right day and hour for the sacrifice. To fill in the time we see his son fall for the girl. The son - as we see in an opening scene

  • has issues with women and kills them before sexual intimacy comes.


Martin Potter does an eerie job playing this deprived youth. He is effective at seeming quite perverse at moments. The director Norman Warren lacks consistency in what he is trying to convey. He also has little vision as very little really happens in this film. What he does do to add interest is show a lot of needless nudity in scenes fabricated just for that purpose. None of it is particularly erotic or interesting(although the blonde in the flashback sequences has some decidedly distinct features and points of interest). For me the biggest letdown of this film is David McGillivray's tiresome, boring script. He might have made this a bit better if he had done more with some of the characters or at the very least had given Gough's character some more "juice" to his role. Gough - when given free hand or a part with some dimension - can make the most trite interesting. Although he still is the best aspect of this film, he doesn't have many of those special Gough moments like you will see in Horror Hospital, Konga, Horrors of the Black Museum, or Black Zoo(my personal favourite). McGillivray's biggest mistake is the ending that he tries convincing us is original even though we have seen something like it hundreds of times. I knew what was going to happen well before.


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