Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 9th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 1976 (Satan’s Slave), 1978 (Terror)
Director: Norman J. Warren
Writer: David McGillivray
Cast: Michael Gough, Martin Potter, Candace Glendenning, Barbara, Michael Craze, Gloria Maley, James Bree, Celia Hewitt, David McGillivray (Satan’s Slave), John Nolan, Carolyn Courage, James Aubrey, Sarah Keller, Tricia Walsh, Glynis Barber, Michael Craze, Rose Collins, Chuck Julian, Peter Craze (Terror)
DVD released: September 16th, 2008
Approximate running time: 86 minutes (Satan’s Slave), 85 minutes (Terror)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Satan’s Slave), 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Terror)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: BCI Eclipse
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $12.98
Satan’s Slave: 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 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.
Terror: After completing a film about a three hundred year old curse a film producer and those around him start to die mysteriously.
The plot for Terror is your murders by numbers type horror film. The kills are for the most part inventive and bloody. The first killing in the film is the best of the lot with the way in which the victim is stalked and eventually trapped. One of the plot’s biggest flaws is the ambiguity as to whom or how the killers are being perpetrated. There are many red herrings pointing fingers that never fully pan out and the ending leans towards a supernatural entity behind the murders.
Visually Terror is miles ahead of Norman J. Warren’s Satan’s Slave. The films score composed by Ivor Slaney is one of the films strengths. The acting adequately suits the story with no performances standing out as weak or wooden. A minor role of note is The Mechanic who is played by Peter Mayhew whose most famous role is Chewbacca in episodes four, five and six of the Star Wars series. Ultimately Terror is an entertaining horror film that has enough kills and surprises to keep things interesting throughout.
BCI’s Exploitation Cinema double feature presents both films in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves their original aspect ratios. Both transfers are also flagged for progressive playback. Satan’s Slave has more noticeable print damage of the two films. The colors on Satan’s Slave look slightly faded while details look crisp throughout. The colors fare better for Terror and details looks sharper and more detailed then they do for the Satan’s Terror. Overall outside of some mild print damage both transfers look pretty good and are more than serviceable.
Each film comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. There is some instances of distortion and noticeable hiss on the Satan’s Slave audio mix. The audio for Satan’s Slave also sounds too thin at times requiring some instances volume adjustment to hear dialog. Terror fares better of the two with only some very mild instances of background noise.
The extras for this release are limited to trailers for Point of Terror, Prime Evil, Nightmare, Beyond the Door, Savage Streets and Night Call Nurses. You can view each film separate or via a Grindhouse viewing options that incorporates trailers before each film. Both films have a scene selection which can be accessed via the concession stands pricing board in the lobby. The trailers can also be accessed spate of the Grindhouse viewing option with you select the project booth door in the lobby. The bad news about this new DVD release for Satan’s Slave is that is is missing about four minutes present in the previous region 1 DVD release from Rhino. Overall BCI’s Exploitation Cinema double feature pairs two Norman J. Warren films at a more than reasonable price.