Saturday, November 19, 2011
SATAN WAR (1979)
Not to be confused with STAR WARS, this movie starts out with a crazy psychedelic opening sequence which reminded me of the opening of the Japanese ULTRA-MAN show and then becomes a sort of pseudo-documentary about Satan or demons or something like that and then morphs into a really awful AMITYVILLE HORROR rip-off. It's really bad, there's no gore or nudity and the music is more grating than terrifying. The movie is one of those so bad that it could be hilarious if it didn't go on for so long. The movie itself isn't even very long, this segment lasts only about an hour, but it sure does feel like it creeps along. A cross keeps turning upside down, a chair comes alive and attacks a lady, a coffee pot shits itself all over the stove, a bunch of other stupid stuff happens and finally a guy shows up in a black robe walking around with a big knife. As terrible as this is I'd still rather watch it again than ever have to sit through one of those boring PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies. The weirdest thing about this is that after this main story is over there's a whole different sequence involving voodoo dancers for no reason at all unless this was at one time a movie reenacting strange things from around the world in various parts. I have no idea if there's a longer version out there but I don't care that much to find out. Sally Schermerhorn and Jimmy Drankovitch, the stars of this, never worked again and the director, Bart La Rue, never directed anything else so I guess that's a good thing.
The whole movie plus a longer intro than the VHS tape!: