Blood Orgy of the She Devils (1972)

BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE DEVILS (1972)
Article 2514 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-21-2008
Posting Date: 6-30-2008
Directed by Ted V. Mikels
Featuring Lila Zaborin, Victor Izay, Tom Pace
Country: USA

Mara is a witch who practices black magic and worships Satan. She does her thing until some white magicians decide to stop her.

Nice title, huh? Well, if you’re the sort of person who picked this one up on the strength of the title, I suggest you turn the DVD package over, take note of the PG rating, and then ask yourself just how bloodily orgiastic these she-devils are going to get. Still, you can’t blame them for giving it this title; calling it TALKY SNOOZEFEST OF THE SHE-DEVILS would have kept the audience away in droves. Actually, it’s not quite as bad as that, but it ain’t good. If the above plot description seems lame, then bear in mind that’s pretty much a good reflection of how I find the plot in this one. The major annoyance is Lila Zaborin’s performance; she never says her lines when she can DECLAIM them. The movie does try to be horrific on occasion, but it relies too much on women screeching and witch cliches (torture, a burning, a stoning) to have much impact. The movie does develop a hint of a story at one point when the witch is hired to perform a political assassination, but the plot is resolved too quickly and ultimately adds nothing more than running time to the film. The final battle between good and evil will stay with you almost until the credits roll. A sense of humor would have really helped here, but there is none. Mikel’s other horror movies aren’t classics, but they’re better than this one.

 

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