THE BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN (Blu-ray Review)
FROM ARROW VIDEO
Review by Josey, the Sudden Cat🙀
On the surface, The Brotherhood of Satan is just another budget-conscious slab of satanism that reeks of the decade from which it sprang, one of many cranked-out in the wake of Rosemary’s Baby. And if you approach it with that attitude, it could be all you see. However, those with historical curiosity and an open mind might find themselves impressed by what actor-producer-uncredited writer L.Q. Jones and journeyman director Bernard McEveety were able to pull-off with such limited resources.
Ben, his girlfriend, Nicki, and daughter K.T. end up stranded in Hillsboro, a small southwestern town. It’s soon revealed that the townspeople themselves are not-only trapped as well, a few dozen have been murdered and their children have gone missing. A few of the deaths are depicted pretty graphically for a PG-rated film, with hapless victims offed in a variety of nasty ways...a doll, a tank (!) and a hooded, sword-wielding horseman, most of them life-sized facsimiles of innocuous toys.
|Guess who's been Simonized.|
But despite the weirder moments - perhaps partially because of them - The Brotherhood of Satan achieves a dark, surreal tone not-unlike Rosemary’s Baby and includes a similarly ominous denouement. It never approaches the mastery of Polasnki’s film, but is certainly a notch or two above the usual dime store satanism that permeated drive-ins back in the ‘70s.
“SATANIC PANIC: HOW THE 1970s CONJURED THE BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN” - A pretty interesting 15 minute video essay by David Flint.
“THE CHILDREN OF SATAN” - Interviews with two of the peripheral child characters, all grown up, of course.
AUDIO COMMENTARY - By Kim Newman (who’s always enjoyable to listen to) & Sean Hogan.
TRAILERS, TV & RADIO SPOTS
GALLERY - Behind-the-scenes photos, lobby cards & posters.
SUPPLEMENTAL BOOKLET - 27-page booklet with 2 essays, cast, crew and production credits.
REVERSIBLE COVER - With new and original artwork (we kinda like the new art!).