Blood Sabbath (1972)

Article 2038 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-13-2006
Posting Date: 3-12-2007
Directed by Brianne Murphy
Featuring Anthony Geary, Susan Damante-Shaw, Sam Gilman

A guilt-ridden Vietnam vet falls in love with a water nymph who cannot be his lover because he has a soul. However, luckily (or unluckily) for him, there is a nearby witch’s coven which will gladly take his soul. However, there’s a catch…

You know, I really can’t help but admire a movie that really tries to be different. Of course, that doesn’t mean the movie will work, and this bizarre cross between seventies witch movies, NIGHT TIDE, LOVE STORY and ORGY OF THE DEAD, with romantic meadow-romping, tepid gore effects, crass exploitation (it really should be called BOOB SABBATH, if you get my drift) and bad acting is, in a word, awful. Tony Geary would, of course, go on to be a mainstay in the soap opera “General Hospital”; I’ve never seen that show, but his acting here is certainly nothing to recommend. It’s one of those movies where people yell a lot when they want to express emotion (that is, if they aren’t romping around the meadow or running around naked). Incidentally, did you know the way you lose your soul involves being caressed by a coven of naked witches? Sure, it sounds like fun, all right, but based on Geary’s performance, I can only come to the conclusion that it really hurts. Granted, I’ve never been in a position to try it myself…



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