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The Satanist (1968) - Blu-ray

2 beersDeemed a nudie cutie flick; this “film”, The Satanist, was once thought long lost to the ravages of time.  Thankfully, it wasn’t and, as it depicts a newly married man getting shagged by a hot occultist’s partner while his wife sleeps IN THE SAME BED, it definitely carries lessons worth remembering

The Satanist, originally filmed in 1968 right before quick nudie shoots like this one rounded third base and went all the way in their titillation, is supposed to be about a newlywed couple on their honeymoon.  The man is on doctor’s orders, too.  He needs a break from the city.  And so the couple heads to suburbia.  Time to be still.  Peeping Toms rule the roost, though, and this sexploitation cult film earns its stripes as a bizarre (and often pokey) peephouse of T&A.

When a strange and rare book is given to the new husband by their occultist neighbor, this voiced-over black and white quickie turns into a flesh for fantasy feast as his leering eyes give us hot and salacious looks at the practice of sex magic.  And then it follows him home!  Even his wife gets in on the softcore action.  Oh boy!

Directed by Zoltan G. Spencer (The Hand of Pleasure and Terror at Orgy Castle), The Satanist isn’t much of a horror movie.  Hell, it isn’t much of a movie at all.  It’s more of a collection of fantasy dream sequences as busty sex kittens rub lotion all over each other and then get hammered by a dude in a devil’s mask.  And then what?  As suggested, the entire movie could be the product of a sick mind.  But whose sick mind?  The husband?  The writer?  Or Spencer himself? 

The droning guitar-based soundtrack provided by a composer the movie credits solely as Moe might hypnotize viewers, but the amount of female flesh on display snaps them back to attention.  There’s apparently no end either.  One fantasy pauses only for another to begin and so on.  Like I said, this skin flick barely registers as a film.  It’s a little over 60-minutes, but operates like one long sex act as bras are quickly unfastened and panties dropped within seconds of every casual greeting.

I really hope you aren’t tired of all the ta-ta talk yet.  The sisters are doing it for themselves in Spencer’s world.  Satan be damned. 

Garagehouse Pictures celebrates The Satanist’s 4K release and the flick’s sexploitation notoriety with a double-feature blu-ray release as Spencer’s other skin flick, a blackmailing lesbian biker picture called Sisters in Leather, starring Bambi Allen is also included with their blu-ray release.   And that one’s motorized madness delivers all sorts of succubi on two wheels.

Horror Hounds really should appreciate the irony of these black and white dirties getting all cleaned up.  The Satanist is now yours to own.

The Satanist (1968) - Blu-ray

MPAA Rating: Not rated.
Runtime:
64 mins
Director
: Zoltan G. Spencer
Writer:
Zoltan G. Spencer
Cast:
Pat Barrington, Mary Bauer
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
An intimate probe in to the activities of an occult society.
Memorable Movie Quote:
Theatrical Distributor:
Olympic International Films
Official Site:
Release Date:
June 21, 1968
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
October 31, 2016
Synopsis: A writer recovering from a nervous breakdown moves to the country with his wife for a rest cure that turns into a nightmare when the two become unwilling participants in an ancient Satanic ritual and a wild bacchanal of the flesh. Weird forbidden rites, erotic succubi, obscene devil dances: THE SATANIST will take you to the edge of madness!.

The Satanist (1968) - Blu-ray

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Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Garagehouse Pictures
Available on Blu-ray
- October 11, 2016
Screen Formats: 1.78:1
Subtitles
: None
4K scan from the Original Camera Negative
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Giving the 4K treatment to the only remaining 35mm print known in existence for The Satanist, it’s easy to see how, with Garagehouse Pictures’ release, this film has simply never looked better than it does now.  Framed in an aspect ratio of 1.37:1, The Satanist arrives on blu-ray courtesy of a crackling 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative.  Black levels are strong and grays are equally expressive.  There is a bit of print damage but nothing too distracting from the overall quality of the newly minted MPEG-4 AVC.  This is a low-budget flick and, even with the new scan, it shows.  Details are low and there’s literally no set design, so keep those expectations for this very modest production.  The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track (mono) is balanced, but never explicit with its handling of the score or the dialogue.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  •  An audio commentary with Temple of Schlock's Chris Poggiali and The Rialto Report's Ashley West is included.

Special Features:

Along with linear notes from Poggiali on the inside sleeve and newly commissioned cover artwork by Stephen Romano, the blu-ray release of The Satanist has director Zoltan G. Spencer's much-appreciated second feature, Sisters in Leather (also newly minted in 4K), and other trailers for films offered by Garagehouse Pictures. 

  • Sisters in Leather (64 min)
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