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Redeemer: Son of Satan [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WQ3RW2
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A young boy emerges from a lake while a mysterious stranger kills a man in an abandoned school and begins making a mask of his face. Menwhile the young boy goes to church where he is bullied by his fellow choirboys one of whom has a switchblade! The attempted GBH is halted by the priest who begins his service talking about sins in the modern world. The service is intercut with scenes of various people in their everyday life the sins the priest is discussing meant to apply to the people we see. Everyone it seems is going to a school reunion and its at the same school the mysterious stranger has taken over. (shock.) After about half an hour the slasher movie actually begins as the classmates are murdered one by one and 'redeemed' of their sins by the mysterious killer who has a second thumb on his hand which is posessed. (seriously I'm not making this up.) He has the hand of the redeemer as well as a gift for disguises (which he uses for every murder) and a gift For overracting WAY too much. The film ends with a supposedly profound and meaningful ending but by the end I still had very little clue as to what the film was trying to say. (is it the only bible belt christian slasher movie ever made, or a condemnation of religious extremism?)
I have to admit to not having heard about this film, apparently it has a cult following and has been released on numerous bootlegs over the years under different titles but this is the first official release of the movie, using a scratchy and occasionally hissy 35mm grindhouse print. The film doesent look great but apparently this is as good as its going to get, theres no extras aside from a trailer but knowing code red who released it they probably tried.
The real question is, is the film any good? Well yes and no.
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Flashback to 1979. I was 9 years old and the neighbors took me and my 2 sisters to see a terrible movie at the drive-in called ‘Prophecy’, which was some foolish mutant bear nonsense. But we stuck around to see the 2nd feature, and that was the one far more worth seeing. It was some previously unknown movie from a couple of years earlier titled ‘The Redeemer’. I remember being transfixed to this movie, and found parts of it very disturbing to my adolescent mind. When we got our first VCR in 1986, I tried all the local video stores to see if anyone had a copy of ‘The Redeemer’ to rent, to no avail. I desperately wanted to see if those scenes I recalled had only been romanticized with time, or if they were in fact still effective: the boy coming out of the watery lagoon, the two thumbs, the living marionette with a sword, a man getting a knife in his head from above, a bathroom sink drowning. I thought I may never know…

Jump ahead to 1997. I was having my first exposure to the internet and one of the first things I looked up was this movie. I found that it wasn’t just a dream or from my imagination after all. It had definitely been released on VHS, though had also been renamed for some pressings to ‘Class Reunion Massacre’. The following day I went to the local video store I had been going to for years, and there it was! I eagerly snatched up ‘Class Reunion Massacre’ and shoved it into the VCR with such excitement that I’m surprised I didn’t break it.

I watched the movie with great intensity, wondering if I would think it’s just a piece of 70’s cheese or if I would still find value in it. I found myself getting chills during the playback as I saw all of the scenes that haunted me for nearly 2 decades. By the end of the movie the verdict was clear. I loved it!
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HASH(0x8a2ed648) out of 5 stars Pretty good film, not for everyone 28 Oct. 2010
By D. Steigman - Published on
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This movie is basically about a psycho killer priest who wears disguises & kills sinners who he recruited to a class reunion. He gets the ability to kill from an evil child. A lot of people compared this to the Omen because of the child that is involved in the film, but to me it reminded me more of the movie Frailty in terms of its religious message. Its not about a boy taking over ala Damien but of a person who wears some really creepy disguises to kill people who are sinners in (well in some cases) hideous ways all in the name of God.
There are some pretty intense murder scenes in particular one in the ladies room. There is one terrific gore scene & some other cool things to recommend. The acting is ok, as is the story ..pretty simple - nothing that can easily be confusing if you follow it from start to finish. Some would say it isn't clear why these murders are happening to this group of people but if you read the text at the beginning & the end it is clear to a certain extent. There is a meaning to the killings. And he is killing those who have sinned.
It is not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but it was a credible sincere effort. If you are a fan of films Crucible of Terror, Horror High , Horror Hospital and other low budget independent titles that companies like Code Red, Scorpion Releasing or Synapse Films would release , then Id recommend it easily.
Dont expect too much and you'll be rewarded.
Code Red released this with the disclaimer about not being the best transfer 'we did the best with the elements we found & released it due to popular demand" type of thing
I found the transfer to be pretty viewable & despite the reel changes where it gets really grainy like something from Alpha Video, you can tell Code Red tried to make this as good as they could get. Id get this version over some of the other versions out there..
So while this film isn't recommended for the general public who focus on mainstream titles like Avatar, Iron Man etc..this is for those who do have a passion for the independent low budget horror film fan. I was curious enough to buy it and was pleased with it..
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8255f4) out of 5 stars Pastor Of Disguise... 24 Mar. 2013
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on
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A group of six old friends gather for their high school reunion, only to find themselves trapped, and at the mercy of an insane, vengeful preacher. THE REDEEMER: SON OF SATAN (aka: CLASS REUNION MASSACRE), is a decent enough slasher from that golden age of cinematic carnage, the 70s and 80s. The killer is interesting (he's a master of disguise doncha know!), the means of death are inventive, and the characters are wonderfully ridiculous! This one's more fun than a barrel full of razor blades and broken glass!... P.S.- The killer's disguises are the best aspect of the movie, especially his grim reaper and killer clown!...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c7b64f0) out of 5 stars possessed priest punishes sinners 3 Feb. 2013
By Seahorse - Published on
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This is one of the most creepy and original horror films ever! Like Phantasm, you can tell this is the director's nightmare he made into a movie, especially when there's no explanation why things are happening. A priest gets possessed by a devil child in an elaborate plan to not only kill a handful of people but terrorize them over the weekend at a class reunion. If you like surprises in your horror, with this, you can't guess how the next scene will go down. The priest expresses his evil with several disguises from his own personal, insane bag of tricks. Well acted (especially by priest T.G. Finkbinder) by one hit wonder actors. The soundtrack matches the creepiness on screen and deserves credit for not letting you relax between kills. A very underrated flick. 16x9 and Windowboxed at 1.66:1 the picture and audio is grindhouse good.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a79bad4) out of 5 stars Satan's Children 13 Aug. 2010
By Bartok Kinski - Published on
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CLASS REUNION MASSACRE (1978) aka The Redeemer: Son of Satan! was not quite what I expected - I thought that this was going to be a Satanic slasher film but it was definitely more of a twisted religious film.

Not a very convincing religious movie, be it considered slasher film OR Satanic horror. The story itself, is not very believable and is played out as if it were a typical slasher movie; six former students attend their tenth year class reunion and get murdered. The murders have something to do with a child (son of Satan?) who comes into sight out of an inland lake and a mysterious, zealot preacher.

There is no suspense. There really aren't characters, only some that classify as religious archetypes. The biggest problem is that the movie is two things that directly counteract each other: religion vs Satan. You watch former students getting stabbed by a religious preacher.

Being a lover of horror films and watching the good, the bad, and the just Really bad, it was comforting to watch a bizarre old 70's horror film.

A mysteriously strange premise for a horror film, but not great execution. There are no twists, no surprises, and at the end of the film, you feel like the movie was more about seeing former students get killed than watching a religious Satanic story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a2edc30) out of 5 stars Weird film 3 Aug. 2002
By B. J. Colson - Published on
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I saw this in a movie theatre in 1978 and it was hauntingly memorable. When I found the VHS for sale, I couldn't wait to see it again. It's well-done for what I'd call a B-movie and the cast is unknown but effective. I've never seen another film like it, and it's worth a view if you enjoy the genre.
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