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Mr. Sardonicus/Brotherhood of Satan (Blu-ray Double Feature Review) Mr. Sardonicus (1961) Directed By: William Castle Starring: Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe Rated: PG/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1 Available from Mill Creek Entertainment

A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father’s grave causes Sardonicus’ face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction–with even more grotesque results! The audience gets an opportunity to vote–via the “Punishment Poll”–for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds.

This is a film that packs a major late night horror vibe to it, and I’m sure people who are into that sort of thing will love this film way more so than I. I think it was just a little too dated for me in this case, as I just had trouble getting into the story. This might also be due to the pacing. I also think this is a movie that could have stood a nice kick in the butt to get going.

However, we do have one very good thing about this movie. That would be the transfer. I think for film as old as this and to be in black and white it looks great. The smokey filled scenes really do come across very well and it at least tries to add a great vibe to an otherwise dull in my opinion film.

Brotherhood of Satan (1971) Directed By: Bernard McEveety Starring: Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman Rated: PG/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1 Available from Mill Creek Entertainment

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

This is a very creepy and at times psychedelic horror film from the first part of the 70s. We get a mix of kids, cults, and even with the PG rating we have blood and very horrific events. If you like dark and brooding this is one for you. Kids can be very creepy in horror films and they are used very well being tossed into the world of red hood wearing devil enthuasts. If you like creepy this is a film that certainly fits the bill.

In with the dark overlord chants and the better than average performances all-around are such things as be-headings! Mill Creek also delivers the goods again having a film look great that shares a disc with another film. I’ve seen many cult themed films, but this one might be one of the better ones. It has never really been my type of film, yet here we have one that does deliver the horror goods overall.
chuckconry101 Monday 8/12/2013 at 04:02 PM | 101985