Monday, January 5, 2015

Daughters of Satan (Tom Selleck Vs. Witches)

Score: 4 out of 10

          When I was in high school I went through a phase where I watched a ton of movies (mostly from the 1960's and '70's) about Satan worshiping witches. Most of them involved the same few themes; people (mostly women) being burned at the stake, naked people (mostly women) being whipped and/or tortured and the numbers "666" being referenced in every way you could imagine (addressees, vehicle numbers, dates, etc.). So, was "Daughters of Satan" any different? "Daughters of Satan (1972)" was directed by Hollingsworth Morse and stars Tom Selleck, Barra Grant and Tani Guthrie. The film is about a guy who works for a museum who buys a painting of a few witches being burned at the stake specifically because one of them greatly resembles his wife. It is not long after that that a spooky mystery begins to unfold. so how does this film measure up to it's contemporaries? Honestly, not well. Most of the movie is pretty boring and predictable. There are a couple of nude torture scenes, but they even seem tame compared to other films in this genre.

            To be completely honest, if it were not for the nude torture scenes this whole movie could have passed for a long episode of "Night Gallery (1962)." There was also no real mystery to the story. By a half an hour into the film you can pretty much guess what is going to happen and how the whole thing is going to end. There are a couple of scenes that are pretty cool (and there is one scene of a mortician singing to a dead body that really had me laughing) but the movie as a whole is formulaic, unoriginal and just down right boring. Even Tom Selleck's amazing, seventies mustache was not able to save this one.

   The B-Movie-Guy
Twitter: @BMovieguy

I could not find a trailer, so here's the whole movie. I'd tell you to enjoy but that's not going to happen.

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