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on 18 October 2013
Always liked this title. One of the last gasps of British horror cinema after Hammer went bankrupt, and independent companies slowly gave up on trying to make and release films like this.
Made for a pittance in 1976, this has elements of gothic style Hammer horror, but is set in modern times and is spiced up with exploitation sex and violence that Hammer would never of dared get away with.
A good cast of people seen in previous horrors all give believable performances, the main player being of course, Michael Gough, a veteran of such stuff.
This is suprisingly sleazy for a Brit movie, especially in this stronger Euro cut that the director wasn't too keen on, but is certainly an eye opener during the nasty scissor/rape sequence, and some violent murder scenes.

They certainly don't make them like this any more, more's the pity, and this is the only widescreen release I know of that has the Euro cut.

Recommended.
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on 2 April 2013
2.35.1 ratio.some print damage but good picture in places.i was surprised just how nasty this film was in places.and explicit as close up on female genitalia if u like the unshaven fluff pots you wont be dissapointed i was expecting more violence and instead got more tits and bits.so was a little dissapointed.this is definitely exploitation more if u have seen mr warrens inseminoid wich is not a bad gory scifi horrer film with a low budget i am sorry this is not as good.from what i saw their are some good xtras.this was made on a low budget i think of 15.000 pounds.then you have nothing to lose so what little violence is extreme and a fair amount of nudity then hope you will make your money back.martin potter can act as can michael gough.barbera kellerman is good candice i can see why she did not do much else.and maybe could have taken her clothes off a bit more as the film hangs off her she is just not up to it.this is not hammer this actually seems more like eurosleaze.
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on 18 January 2013
A great little shocker of satanical forces...Norman J Warren at his best, which switches nicely from present day to mid-evil times with Michael Gough giving another superb performance
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on 25 June 2013
This DVD double bill features what are probably the two best-known films from director Norman J. Warren, who is these days hailed by more forgiving critics as the last of the British horror movie `auteurs'; but, coming during the disintegration of the British film industry in the mid-1970s, the flat-lining of Hammer, Amicus, and Tigon, and following the grungy, subversive `last gasp' chillers to come from the likes of Pete Walker, Warren's movies really represent the British horror genre taking the final steps into the realm of graceless, gory exploitation. A minor figure in UK cinema whose only directorial credits prior to the 1970s were a couple of tatty skin flicks, Warren's horror films are also recognisable by their low budgets, largely unknown casts, and an excess of scuzzy sleaze.
Of the two movies showcased here, Satan's Slave (1976) is marginally the superior, a contrived and predictable Devil-worship / witchcraft shocker featuring Candace Glendenning as a soppy suburban chick who, following her parents' apparent death in one of the worst-shot car crashes in the history of cinema, takes up residence at the isolated mansion of her dodgy uncle Michael Gough, and gradually realises she's become the centre of attention for his coven. With plenty of silly nudity and a couple of very bloody murders, the movie has a minor reputation amongst genre buffs as notable exploitation mini-classic, but in reality, the weak plotting and unrealistically stupid central character mean that it never really convinces or builds up the feeling of dread it is trying to achieve, and most viewers will see the final twist coming a mile away. The one bright spot is the performance of the always-enthusiastic Gough, a respected mainstay of British horror whose involvement with the genre extends to some of its very best and most important films (1958's Horror of Dracula, 1965's Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, 1973's The Legend of Hell House), but who nevertheless, figuratively speaking, hits rock bottom here.
Even worse is Prey (1977), a laughably cheap `space invader' potboiler that, like Satan's Slave, again attempts to get past its utter lack of budget by setting itself inside somebody's country house that the production team probably rented for next to nothing. The film is a very tedious throwback to the likes of Alan Bridges' atmospheric Invasion (1966), in that it features a solitary extraterrestrial who inexplicably decides his best entry point to Earth is an anonymous Home Counties backwater; as played by a bloke called Barry Stokes, this alien being is a pretty unthreatening figure in his turtle-neck sweater and grey slacks, at least until he gets hungry, turns into a dog, and starts randomly killing people (this is the kind of film where someone can violently slaughter two policemen a hundred yards from the only house for miles around, and nobody ever comes knocking on the door to find out what's going on). The only notable things about Prey are its vaguely unusual set-up, with the invader finding shelter in the home of a volatile lesbian couple (which means more gratuitous nudity ahoy), its frankly bizarre humour, and an extremely nasty climax in which one of the silly cows decides to seduce the intergalactic goon and unwittingly (and very messily) `brings out the beast' in him.
For dedicated UK horror aficionados who like tacky grot from the years when our home-grown film industry appeared to be sinking irrevocably into a mire of cut-rate seediness, this double feature will be an essential purchase, but I'd advise everyone else to steer well clear of these (actually quite distasteful) less-than-B-movies.
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on 29 May 2015
An entertaining romp/horror. Nice location, erotic, whitchcraft, yes it's a trip of escapism. British films had style then and this does too. Pre the PC era. It was popular in Cinema's at the time when released. Had to get a copy. Candace and Babarra Kellerman make all round good watching, but the supporting cast is also good. An underated movie.
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on 12 September 2014
I have been after this film for a while and really happy to have found it. This is great value as you get both films in one , both real cult classics.
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on 12 September 2013
Somewhat predictable, yet confusing plotline. Maybe, the censor may be partly responsible, maybe budget restrictions were the to blame, but I felt there were missing shots or even scenes.
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on 12 December 2013
Another good story line with a twist ,keeps you in suspence
a must for horror fans well worth the watch
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on 28 October 2015
great price and condition for another 2 classic Norman J Warren film's.
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