Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

Very fun possession tale of a small township overcome by a growing evil infecting the towns youths. A farmer uncovers the rotted corpse of a fiendish being, and soon after the towns children slip out of their homes and begin worshiping Behemoth at black masses in the woods. The film is light-hearted though it deals with dark subject matter, with a playful nature, bright colors, and upbeat music contrasting the witchcraft, seduction, and sacrifices occurring on screen. Though it is a bit disjointed at first, the plot is very original, straightforward, and simple. I wouldnt go so far as to say the performances are campy, but they are not played as straight and serious as the Hammer period pieces, yet character still offers a complete sense of credibility. The makeup work for the devil is unlike any other as well, though he is kept in the shadows for the majority of the film. Blood is a great watch, with elements of Children of the Corn and Rosemary's Baby all wrapped up into one. Recommended!

Rating: 8/10.

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1 comment:

  1. jervaise brooke hamsterJanuary 16, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Pity this is British garbage, an American made version would`ve been superb. By the way, i want to bugger Linda Hayden (as the bird was in 1971 when the bird was 18, at the time this movie was made, not as the bird is now obviously).