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1 June 1975 (USA) See more »
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Absolutely zero redeeming social value but bizarre and amusing enough for exploitation buffs See more (13 total) »

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Directed by
Joe Wiezycki 
 
Writing credits
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Gary Garrett 
Ron Levitt 
Joe Wiezycki 

Produced by
Jerome C. Berlin .... executive producer
Steven J. Green .... executive producer
Joe Wiezycki .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ray Fletcher (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
John Makinen 
 
Film Editing by
Mike Consales 
 
Art Direction by
Fred Zoller 
 
Art Department
Larry Wiezycki .... set designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Puleo .... lighting technician
Marc Wielage .... assistant camera
 

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87 min
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Most of the actors were students at the University of South Florida drama department.See more »
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Simon:You're weak. You're a loser. Satan wants winners!See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely zero redeeming social value but bizarre and amusing enough for exploitation buffs, 24 June 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

"Satan's Children" is a completely unique film. I'd only recommend it to hardened grindhouse film fans (the ones who purvey the catalog of Something Weird Video on a regular basis) and as a film it really has zero redeeming social value. However, being a serious fan of exploitation and cult cinema, I enjoyed it a lot more than most people probably would. Its so bizarre it becomes a rather unique and unforgettable viewing experience. It has that kind of technical ineptness that transcends simple badness into the realm of unintended surrealism. Its also pretty damn funny at moments, mostly due to the incredibly awkward performances from all the cast (the most hilarious being the insensitive father). Contrary to popular belief, many exploitation filmmakers were extremely intelligent, much more than their work suggested (Herschell Gordon Lewis comes to mind). However, "Satan's Children" is so moronic I question the intelligence of the filmmakers (even drive-in fans wouldn't accept its wimp lead actor as a chick magnet).

The most fascinating element to the film is its views on homosexuality. All the gay characters are shown to be either evil or weak. This is one intensely homophobic film, but as another reviewer said its not particularly bothersome because its so poorly made. What makes the films sense of homophobia interesting is just how homoerotic the whole product is. It lingers on shots of the closeted protagonist running around the woods wearing only his underwear. It seems more comfortable showing male nudity than female nudity. This coupled with the plot that suggests homosexuality is worse than murder makes me seriously question the sexuality of the filmmakers.

To be honest, the only remotely accomplished component to the film is the ending. Its even more offensive than everything before it, but its a reasonably effective and nihilistic endnote. Its a very bizarre conclusion to a very bizarre film. "Satan's Children" is politically incorrect like few other films manage to be, but its an uniquely disorienting experience. (6/10)

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