The Demon Lover (1977)

Article 2558 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-6-2008
Posting Date: 8-13-2008
Directed by Donald G. Jackson and Jerry Younkins
Featuring Christmas Robbins, Val Mayerik, Gunnar Hansen
Country: USA

When his coven-in-the-making walks out on him, a dabbler in the black arts conjures up a demon to get revenge.

Some of the killings show a bit of creativity in this no-budget horror movie, and it’s obvious the filmmakers are having a bit of fun when the character names include Peckinpah, Frazetta, Ackerman, Ormsby and Romero. Given the extremely low budget, it’s no surprise the special effects are bad, so I won’t harp on that. However, it’s the atrocious script and the incredibly bad acting that really make this one memorably bad; I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many bad lines badly delivered in my life. In fact, it’s so bad that I found myself wondering if the movie was intentionally bad in the sense that, say, a Troma film is bad; that is, actually aspiring to badness for the humor value. That may be the case; director Donald G. Jackson would go on to make at least one film for Troma. Still, the movie did give me a chance to see what Gunnar Hansen looks like without the Leatherface mask, and, for the record, he’s one of the few actors who doesn’t embarrass himself in this one. But then, he’s about the only member of the cast who has acted in other movies.


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