Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 3rd, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: Spain, 1977
Director: Carlos Puerto
Writer: Carlos Puerto
Cast: Angel Aranda, Sandra Alberti, Marian Karr, Jose Guillen, Luis Barboo
DVD released: November 8th, 2011
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Spanish
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Synopsis: Andy and Anna is a young couple expecting their first child. One afternoon while driving they run into a man name Bruno who claims to be an old classmate of Andy’s. Bruno and his wife Mary convince the young lovers to spend the evening with them at their place in the country. Bruno and his wife have a strong interest in the occult. They convince Andy and Anna that it would be fun to conjure up a few spirits with their Ouija board. As the night progresses more bizarre occurrences happen including a storm prevents Andy and Anna from leaving. So they plan on leaving the first thing in the morning. When they wake up they soon discover that they have overslept and that their car is now missing. Will Andy and Anna ever escape this nightmare that is slowly engulfing them?
When one thinks about Satan and cinema it is only natural to think of Roman Polanski’s brilliant film Rosemary’s Baby. Satan’s Blood was made nearly ten years after Rosemary’s Baby; still it has many elements in common with the former film like a pregnant expecting mother. The first act of Satan’s Blood is almost too mundane as the film moves along at a snail’s pace before transforming into something that is genuinely bizarre. This film does rely a lot on nudity with its most erotic scene being a graphic orgy that will get your blood rising fast.
The film is filled with many wonderful shots like the shadow of a knife above Anna’s head. Satan’s Blood is essentially shot on one location a remote estate in the middle of nowhere and director Carlos Puerto manages to make the place look hauntingly beautiful in every frame. This film doesn’t exactly follow a straight forward narrative structure as some of the films most surreal moments just feel like they came out of nowhere. Just when you thought that you finally had figured out what is going on the films what the hell ending would have been surprising if it wasn’t so obvious that the film was heading that way. If you like films filled with nightmarish imagery that relies heavily on atmosphere then you will thoroughly enjoy Satan’s Blood.
Scorpion Releasing presents Satan’s Blood in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Satan’s Blood had been previously released on DVD in North America by Mondo Macabro in 2006 and the transfer for this new release from Scorpion Releasing is comparable to that aforementioned releases, with any differences between these two transfers being minimal.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English and a Dolby Digital mono mix in Spanish (no English subtitles). Both audio mixes clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include a stills gallery. Also there are two ways to watch the main feature, ‘Play Movie’ or ‘Play Katarina’s Nightmare Theater’. This second option include comments before and after the main feature from Katarina Leigh Waters, who’s comments are done in a more analytical way as she gives a overall of who all the main players in this production are and she closes with her thoughts on the main feature. Rounding out the extras are trailers for Final Exam, The House on Sorority Row, Humongous, Nothing but the Night, Human Experiments, The Incubus, The Devil Within Her. This release comes with a reversible cover that features the cover art with Katarina Leigh Waters or a second option without her on the cover. it should be noted that none of the extra content that was part of Mondo Macabro’s release has been carried over for this release. Overall Scorpion Releasing gives those who missed out on Satan’s Blood previous DVD release, a chance to pick it up at a more affordable price.