Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 3rd, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 1976
Director: Norman J. Warren
Writer: David McGillivray
Cast:Michael Gough, Martin Potter, Candace Glendenning, Barbara, Michael Craze, Gloria Maley, James Bree, Celia Hewitt, David McGillivrayDVD released: March 20th, 2012
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: After the tragic death of her parents Catherine moves in with her uncle Alexander and his son Stephen.
What follows is a story about occult members, who need a direct family descendant to resurrect a witch named Camille, who was burned at the stake centuries before. The plot is slow moving and Norman J. Warren’s (Terror) direction is very pedestrian. I can’t think of a single moment or shot in the film that stands out above the rest. There is not a shocking moment and the films big reveal at the end can be seen a mile away.
The acting, while not remarkable is anchored by a performance from Michael Gough, who would play the role of Alfred in four Batman films. The only other performance of note is Candace Glendenning in the role of Catherine Yorke. Ultimately Satan’s Slave is a tedious and unimaginative film about witchcraft.
Scorpion Releasing presents Satan’s Slave in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s ‘scope’ aspect ratio. This film had been previous released on DVD back in 2008 by BCI and the transfer for this new release from Scorpion Releasing is comparable to that aforementioned release. It should be noted that this release from Scorpion Releasing is the full length version of the film.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. There is background noise that varies in degree throughout and range wise the audio is rather limited.
Extras for this release include a two trailers for the film, two deleted scenes – ‘Tea Party’ and ‘Dream Sequence’, a thirteen minute vintage ‘Making of’ documentary, a thirteen minute interview with composer John Scott and a ‘Making of’ featurette titled ‘Creating Satan: Making of Satan’s Slave’ (29 minutes 30 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) that includes comments from director Norman J. warren, Les Young Producer, screenwriter David McGillivray, production designer Hayden Pierce, associate producer Moira Young and actor Martin Potter. Topics discussed include, how they secured financing, casting, locations, the score and various other production related topics. Other extras include a short film titled ‘Fragments’ (10 minutes 5 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) that was also directed by Norman J. Warren.
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 Terror and Death Ship. Overall Scorpion Releasing gives Satan’s Slave its best home video release to date.