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Satan’s Baby Doll 
Written by: on September 24th, 2007

Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1982
Director: Mario Bianchi
Writers: Gabriele Crisanti, Piero Regnoli
Cast: Jacqueline Dupré, Mariangela Giordano, Aldo Sambrell, Joe Davers, Giancarlo Del Duca, Alfonso Gaita, Marina Hedman

DVD released: September 25th, 2007
Approximate running time: 74 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95

Synopsis: A young woman named Myra becomes possessed by the spirit of her recently deceased mother Maria. Using the body of her daughter the spirit of Maria seduces and kills everyone in the castle one by one. Is anyone safe from Myra’s temptation or are they all destined for the same demise?

Satan’s Baby Doll was directed by Mario Bianchi who despite sharing the same last name as Andrea Bianchi they were not related. Oddly enough Satan’s Baby Doll is a loose remake of Andrea Bianchi’s Malabimba: The Malicious Whore. Both films were produced by Gabriele Crisanti who for Satan’s Baby Doll would add to remake as a screenwriter by spicing things ups and then some.

Satan’s Baby Doll is short on dialog and filled with copious amounts of atmosphere. The films running time is only a mere seventy four minutes and yet so much happens in so little time. In many ways Satan’s Baby Doll is a superior film to its predecessor Malabimba: The Malicious Whore with its rapid pace and getting past the story by just revealing in its more sleazy aspects. Satan’s Baby Doll has more T&A for your buck then you are going to find in most soft core tales about demonic possession.

Despite going for a more erotic version of Malabimba: The Malicious Whore I was also impressed by the fact despite not needing more then adequate actors the cast for Satan’s Baby Doll is vastly superior to that of Malabimba: The Malicious Whore. The two female leads Mariangela Giordano the only cast member in both films returns yet again as a nun and first time actress Jacqueline Dupré in the dual role of Myra/Maria. Satan’s Baby Doll features a superb score from Nico Catanese who also appears to have only film credit to his name. Ultimately despite starting out as a remake Satan’s Baby Doll ends up being the more entertaining and exploitive films of the two.

The DVD:

Satan’s Baby Doll transfer looks exceptional with razor sharp detail and vivid color reproduction. Overall the transfer looks better then the transfer for Malabimba: The Malicious Whore and I would rank it highly as one of Severin’s better transfers.

This release comes with one audio mix a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian. The audio is clear and free of any major audio defects. English subtitles have been included that are easy to read and error free.

Extras for this release consist of trailer for the film and an insightful interview with director Mario Bianchi.

Overall Severin Films brings back from the brink obscurity another delectable slice of Italian sleaze by giving it a solid DVD release.

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