****SPOILERS**** Private eye Mike Hammer, Stacey Keach, is hot and heavy to find out who's behind a number of murders of those close to him like his late girlfriend school teacher Mary Ann, Katherine Disque, whom he found murdered in her apartment with a note telling him it was the work of Satan. It turns out that this may well have been the work of Charles Manson-like cult leader Cory Ister,Cyril O'Reilly, whom Hammer put away for life five years ago for a series of murders that he ordered his fanatical cult members to commit.
As it soon turned out a number of Hammer's friends and associate were attacked and murdered with the exception of his friend Buddy Blue,Joe Bays,who barley survived an attack on him in his office. Trying to piece things together Hammer after interviewing a crazed and wild eyed Ister in his jail-cell soon realizes,despite Ister's boasting, that he in fact didn't ordered the killings. But it may have been a copy-cat and big admirer of Ister who was doing it. As it turned out Hammer was only half right: The person committing the killings was only interested in money and keeping alive Ister and his crimes in the news. In fact not in only making Ister famous, as if he needed it, but making him big bucks in reviving Ister's career as a cult leader as well as being able to murder people, Hammer's friends, from behind bars.
****SPOILERS**** It was on Halloween Night that everything came to a head with both Hammer's partner Nick Farrell, Shane Conrad, and private secretary Velda, Shannon Whirry, kidnapped by Satanic cult members and threatened to be sacrificed to Satan that Hammer, Hammering away,got to the bottom of this confusing case! Only after being kidnapped himself and then putting the heat or steam on his kidnapper who never saw it coming until it was too late. We as well as Mike Hammer get to see the "Face", Rebecca Chaney, only briefly at the Halloween party that Hammer attended before the sh*t or action hit the fan.
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