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A Filipino-made horror-fantasy movie about a man who is chosen by his dead uncle to battle the forces of evil. He fights a being called "The Prince of Magic," who shoots rays from his hands, makes heads spin around and hypnotizes people. He finally faces Satan himself and engages him in a battle of magic. Written by
Now there are some weird films out there. Some that will either leave you angry, scratching your head, or rolling on the floor with laughter. The 1983 Filipino production 'The Killing of Satan' is about as weird as you can get. Thanks to Paragon Video the film is available in the US for our viewing pleasure, but that depends on the viewer. If you're a fan of bad and/or obscure horror movies then this may be worth your while. It seems like one of those so-bad-it's-good movies that was made with good intentions, like 'Troll 2' for instance, but the result was an example of unintentional comedy.
Pros: Just about all the things wrong with this film help make it fun. Some decent gore. Tons of camp value. Some pretty scenery. A breeze if not taken at all seriously. Considering how silly this movie is, the acting is actually not too bad. Some memorable moments of weirdness.
Cons: Some hilariously bad dubbing and dialogue. Really poor visual effects. A score that does suit the film, but at times is too corny or over dramatic. Plus there's some silly sound effects. None of this really makes any sense. Some sloppy editing.
Final thoughts: Movies this strange are a dying art. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to the individual, but one thing you can not call this film is dull. It's not one of the greatest bad movies ever, but it's also not without it's charms. Here's to hoping someone picks it up for a Special Edition with cast and crew commentary/interviews because I for one would like to know how this came about and what went on when it was shot.
My rating: 3/5 (So-bad-it's-good-rating) 1/5 (Serious rating)
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