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The Touch of Satan (1971)

PG | | Horror | 23 August 1971 (USA)
A young man meets a farm girl who is actually a witch.


Don Henderson


James E. McLarty (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Michael Berry ... Jodie Lee Thompson
Emby Mellay ... Melissa Strickland
Lee Amber Lee Amber ... Luther Strickland
Yvonne Winslow Yvonne Winslow ... Molly Strickland
Jeanne Gerson Jeanne Gerson ... Lucinda Strickland
Robert Easton ... Mr. Keitel
Lew Horn Lew Horn ... Deputy John Mason
Sharon Crabtree Sharon Crabtree ... Young Lucinda
John J. Fox John J. Fox ... Attendant
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Mr. Gentry
Frank Jansen Frank Jansen ... Frank Larsen
Ellen Bailey Ellen Bailey ... Sarah Strickland


On his way to California, Jodie decides on a whim to make a brief side trip to a farm, where he meets and falls in love with Melissa, the proverbial farmer's daughter. Or so it seems. In between the overlong dramatic pauses, we learn that Melissa is in fact a 120-year-old witch, and her remarkably spry "great-grandmother," Lucinda, is actually her sister, who has been pitchforking people to death in her spare time. When Lucinda murders a local policeman, things start to get real complicated for Jodie. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Release Date:

23 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Demon See more »

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Technical Specs


| (1979) (video)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ellen Bailey, the film's associate director, also plays Melissa's real mother. Early in the film, Jodie walks out of Ellen's Cafe, which was also named after Bailey. See more »


During the finale of the movie when Jodie walks up to Melissa at the pond there is a long shot that shows him standing directly in front of her. In the reverse shot he is shown standing several feet from her. See more »


Jodie: This your pond?
Melissa: It belongs to my father.
Jodie: Oh. Does he mind if people skip rocks across it?
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Crazy Credits

In the version of this film that appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000 there is a brief negative flaw in the closing credits. The cast begins to scroll up when suddenly the bottom of the credits drop and reappear. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was edited down for its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1998. Among the scenes edited were a conversation between Melissa and Lucinda, more graphic images of Lucinda killing the deputy, a conversation between Luther and Molly Strickland about Melissa and Jodie's relationship, and a scene where Melissa and Lucinda's father denounces them after the villagers attack. See more »

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Bless Tom, Mike, and Servo...
10 September 2003 | by clowns_n_cookiesSee all my reviews

Thanks to the good, good people of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I have been subjected to a wide variety of tremendously bad movies. Some are worse than others, and some are so horrible that writing commentary on them is almost pointless. (Almost as pointless as why anyone would make the movie in the first place, i.e. 'Santa Conquers the Martians')

But this delightful little film is definitely worth the commentary. Definitely.

The story begins as we're cruising around in a hot, brown maverick with Jodie Thompson: the ill-fated loser/hero of our movie. He winds up at a walnut ranch on his road trip where he meets the frumpy Melissa Strickland, a gal with more than a couple of demons in her closet. Melissa talks Jodie into hangin' around for a couple of days, just enough time to get a first taste of what family life is like at the Strickland residence. Grandma mutilates a few people, Jodie and Melissa do it near her "Dad's" pond, and a couple of souls are sold to Satan. Fin.

The plot itself isn't horrible... but everything else about the movie is. Horrid looking actors, horrid directing and film editing, and let's not forget the horrid dialogue. ("This is where the fish lives" will forever remain one of the funniest, stupidest comments ever said in a film.) In other words, this is a horror film- as in horrific every which way you slice it.

But the film isn't all that unbearable to watch, especially when you have a couple of sarcastic robots at hand. The less seriously you take the movie, the more fun you'll have. And the more fun you have, the easier it will be to make it through the entire movie.

Get's a 2.4 out of 10!

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