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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?


This was a rather obscure film (outside of horror-buff circles) until it was given resurgence on a 1998 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). The episode became a popular one from the series' ninth season. MST3K fans frequently reference this film by quoting Melissa's off-beat line, "This is where the fish lives." 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 »


Deputy: We ain't found nothin' yet, not even a suspicious lookin' cow chip.
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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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wickedly stupid....No fun for anyone!
24 September 2004 | by otisfirefly2001See all my reviews

This is completely stupid. I joke to film making everywhere.

::The main problems::

Acting is so terrible, it actually made me cry when I heard the dialogue being spurted out of the actors mouths. Not one of the actors could act and I bet they never got another job afte that. though they were probably too busy doing drugs to complete any other movies.

The story is very lame, stupid, and annoying. Choke full of crap that would make even the most amateur film maker want to stop making movies. We get something in the story about witches and Satan, but nothing really pans out at all. It all just falls flat within the first three minutes of this lame movie, but by then you have probably turned the channel already. Which if I was not viewing the MST3K version, I proboby would have done within the first minute of this trash!

The mood is overdone completely and really goes into overkill within the last few minutes of the movie. I think they tried to set too much mood and didn't take enough time on the plot, which might of helped this movie.

The special effects are lame, and really only consist of bad face make-up which is really very lame. Though it is probably just the time period and might not have been helped.

I do not want to recommend this movie to anyone....At anytime....Anywhere. This movie is very lame, and a venture down amateur film making lane! If you take a stop on crap film making street first of course.

Do not see this movie unless it is with the help of Mike Nelson, Crow T. Robot, & Tom Servo. You can find it on Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 5. You might be sorry if you do not view it with them, as it is a headache inducing movie.

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