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Black Candles (1982)

Los ritos sexuales del diablo (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 1982 (USA)
A young woman travels to England after the abrupt death of her brother. Staying with her sister-in-law, she finds her companion soon drawn into a satanic cult based in the house, whose rites seem to centre on large-scale sexual congress.

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José Ramón Larraz (as Joseph Braunstein)

Writer:

José Ramón Larraz (as Joseph Braunstein)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helga Liné ... Fiona (as Martha Belton)
Vanessa Hidalgo ... Carol (as Vanesa Ashley)
Jeffrey Healey ... Pablo / Robert
Alfred Lucchetti ... John (as Christopher Wright)
Manuel Gómez-Álvarez Manuel Gómez-Álvarez ... Reverend Hübner
John McGrat John McGrat
Carmen Carrión Carmen Carrión ... Georgina (as Betty Webster)
Julia Caballero Julia Caballero ... Marta (as Lucille Jameson)
Lucille Jameson Lucille Jameson
Tito Valverde ... Steve, the Farm Boy (as John Thomason)
Fred Pulver Fred Pulver
César Varona César Varona ... Max Gunthard (as Fred Pulver)
Mauro Rivera Mauro Rivera ... Peter Andrew / Drew (as Martin Ren)
José Luis Barceló José Luis Barceló ... Köller (as Paul Kendall)
Paola Matos Paola Matos ... Annaliese (as Rose Wren)
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A young woman travels with her partner to England on the unexpected death of her brother. Staying with her sister-in-law, she finds her companion soon drawn into a satanic cult based in the house whose rites seem to centre somewhat on large-scale sexual congress. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

1982 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The films Spanish title, Los Ritos sexuales del diablo, translates to "The Sexual Rites of the Devil" in English. See more »

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The 18-rated UK Redemption video of this film was cut by 5 seconds by the BBFC to remove a shot of a man being stabbed between the buttocks by a sword during a torture scene. See more »

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Black Candles
14 July 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Black Candles (1980)

* (out of 4)

Spanish horror film has a sister and her boyfriend going to a rural castle in Spain to search for her brother. What she doesn't know is that her brother got involved in a sex crazed Satanic cult and they've got their eyes on her now. This film is best known for all its softcore sex scenes, which eat up at least half of the 82-minute running time and this isn't a good thing. The film tries desperately hard to be an erotic horror picture but it fails on both levels and by the ten minute mark I started watching the clock waiting for this thing to be over. The sex scenes are trying to be erotic but they often times create some unintentional laughs and this includes a scene where a woman is raped by a goat. Nothing graphic is shown but this is just one example of this film being watered down compared to other movies that were out there in this era including several by Joe D'Amato, which didn't stop at softcore scenes. The horror elements, clearly inspired by Rosemary's Baby, are also very lame and don't contain enough suspense, gore or violence to keep things moving. The pacing of the film is the biggest problem because you'd expect eighty-minutes to fly by in an exploitation film but that's not the case as each scene just drags on and on. This includes the before mentioned sex scenes but the dialogue sequences are even worse. The performances are all bland, which is just the death nail to this thing. Director Beaunstein made films in this horror/sex manor before so all the blame must fall on his shoulders.


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