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The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

GP | | Horror | 6 August 1971 (USA)
A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.

Director:

Bernard McEveety

Writers:

L.Q. Jones, Sean MacGregor (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Strother Martin ... Doc Duncan
L.Q. Jones ... Sheriff
Charles Bateman ... Ben
Ahna Capri ... Nicky
Charles Robinson Charles Robinson ... Priest
Alvy Moore ... Tobey
Helene Winston Helene Winston ... Dame Alice
Joyce Easton Joyce Easton ... Mildred Meadows
Debi Storm Debi Storm ... Billie Joe
Jeff Williams Jeff Williams ... Stuart
Judith McConnell ... Phyllis (as Judy McConnell)
Robert Ward Robert Ward ... Mike
Geri Reischl ... K.T.
Kevin McEveety Kevin McEveety ... Child
Alyson Moore Alyson Moore ... Child
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Storyline

A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.

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During the day, witches look like everybody else...but at night holds a California town in the grip of terror. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Come in Children See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The poem being read out loud as the man and his wife die is "Thanatopsis" by William Cullen Bryant. See more »

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There is a credit for "Nepotists". See more »

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Prince of Darkness
Written by Jaime Mendoza-Nava
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A film that Bores or Resonates Depending on the Viewer
4 August 2006 | by ahairyriceSee all my reviews

The Brotherhood of Satan is viewed by some as a great film and by others as much less than mediocre. The difference lies in the mind of the beholder. Literal-minded folk will definitely not appreciate it and will find it slow-moving and boring. Even those who think of it as a classic will agree that it takes a long time for anything significant to happen. However, for those with a metaphysical bent, once the film gets moving, it resonates at a very deep level of the psyche.

Someone raised in a mystical or semi-mystical religion, taught doctrines of transubstantiation, resurrection of the body, the power of prayer, the importance of surrender to the almighty, and the necessity of worship will find striking parallels here though the object of adoration is the Powerful Evil One. God needs the Devil, good needs evil, life needs death, the old need the young in a dualistic world. When attraction is balanced by repulsion in the mind of the viewer, the effect is powerful. Strother Martin in the role of doctor and devil's surrogate is superb.

The use of toys and dolls to symbolize elements that exist on different levels of size or importance is ingenious. This multidimensionality suggests to our subconscious mind that nothing is just what it appears to be. In science fiction and horror, this powerful tool stimulates the imagination. In science it suggests multiple realities, multiple universes.


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