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Legacy of Satan (1974)

A satanic cult chooses an unwitting young girl as its new queen.

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Gerard Damiano

Writer:

Gerard Damiano
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Francis John Francis ... Dr. Muldavo
Lisa Christian Lisa Christian ... Maya
Paul Barry Paul Barry ... George
Jarrar Ramze Jarrar Ramze ... Carlos
Anne Paul Anne Paul ... Aurelia (as Ann Paul)
James Procter James Procter ... Arthur
Deborah Horlen Deborah Horlen ... The High Priestess
Christa Helm Christa Helm ... The Blond Blood-farm (as Christ Helm)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bexfield Richard Bexfield ... Cult Extra
Pat Coba Pat Coba ... Cult Extra
Stan Hollan Stan Hollan ... Cult Extra
Carol Jurgens Carol Jurgens ... Cult Extra
Melinda Parks Melinda Parks ... Cult Extra
Sandra Peabody ... Cult Extra
Darryl Peck Darryl Peck ... Cult Extra
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A satanic cult chooses an unwitting young girl as its new queen.

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English

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April 1974 (USA) See more »

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Muldavo See more »

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Shot in 1972 and released much later. See more »

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Missing the XXX factor.
9 February 2014 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Bored architect turned devil worshipper Arthur (James Procter) lures sexually frustrated housewife Maya (Lisa Christian) into the bosom of a Satanic cult who believe that a union between her and their malevolent leader, Dr. Muldavo (John Francis), is the key to incredible Satanic powers. Maya's hubby George (Paul Barry) has other ideas and, dressed as a jester, uses a magical glowing sword to infect Muldavo's face with a life-sapping omelette.

According to another reviewer here on IMDb, Legacy of Satan, directed by Gerard Damiano of Deep Throat fame, is rumoured to have begun life as a hardcore feature, but was trimmed of its explicit sexual content to make it suitable for release as part of a grind-house double-bill; it's not all that hard to believe, the film definitely having the look and feel of a 70s porno—all grainy cinematography, trippy visuals, and lo-fi synth music, with a decadent, sexually charged atmosphere, a nonsensical plot, and an untalented cast of complete unknowns. The film's short running time and choppy editing also go a long way to support the theory.

However, if there was ever a XXX version, it has long since vanished into the mists of time, and all we have been left with is this dreadfully boring, shambolic wreck of a film, a Satanic horror with no tension, no scares and very little blood. Clearly Damiano considered himself something of an artist, and did his best to bring a hallucinatory beauty to the film through the use of coloured light and strong shadow, but his handling was way too heavy-handed to be effective, the result being a garish mess as opposed to a stunningly creative piece of cinema. Arlon Ober and Mel Zelniker's experimental electronic score proves to be just as much an assault on the ears as Damiano's visuals are on the eyes.


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