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Satan's Black Wedding (1976)

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A man travels to another city for his sister's funeral to try to find out why she killed herself. He discovers that she is actually a vampire and returns from the dead to take revenge on her family. --IMDb
Greg Braddock
Greg Braddock
Ray Myles
Ray Myles
Lisa Milano
Lisa Milano
Barrett Cooper
Barrett Cooper
Zarrah Whiting
Zarrah Whiting
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Review by Chad
Added: October 09, 2005
In the final movie of the Nick Phillips Trilogy (see also: Criminally Insane and Criminally Insane 2), we find Hollywood actor Mark Gray (Greg Braddock) being summoned to a small town due to his sister Nina's recent suicide. Even though Nina was found with her wrists slashed, a razor on her bed, and a suicide note on the dresser, both Mark and the local police lieutenant have their doubts about the true cause of her demise. You see, Nina was found without a drop of blood in her body, and the third finger on her left hand was chopped off. How would a person committing suicide be able to pull the blood-draining part off, and why would they cut their own finger off? We soon find out that an ancient vampire is behind all of this, and that he intends to put together an undead marriage ceremony for Nina and a lover to be named... with Satan himself performing the ceremony.

I enjoy a good old-fashioned grindhouse b-movie every now and then, and this one certainly hit the spot. It's a very simple film which features a storyline that, admittedly, has basically been done a number of times in various other films. However, this simplicity is refreshing every now and then... sometimes it's nice to not have to wonder what sort of twist is coming at the end, or who's back-stabbing whom, or even who's responsible for everything that's going on. Yes, everything is answered in the first couple of scenes, and from there, we witness the storyline progress. Simple, yes... but entertaining as well.

There's plenty of memorable scenes to be found here, and gorehounds will not be disappointed. The gore isn't thrown around in abundance as in some other films, but the few scenes in which it's used are certainly memorable. For example, we witness Nina's suicide in the opening scene, and while today's crop of movies would probably have thrown in more blood and such, here it's all shown with a nice level of realism and an unflinching eye towards the action. The camera never hesitates to zoom in on the cutting, there's no artsy shots that serve only to annoy those in the audience who want to see some bloodshed (me!), and it all goes back to that simplicity thing. It's a bit sad to think that this type of movie is all but gone in this day and age, but thankfully, you can relive these memories of a time long forgotten through the miracle of DVD.

The final perk to watching this film on the Shock-O-Rama DVD release is the quality of the film. It's far from perfect - there's a few pops in the audio, the picture is grainy here and there, and it basically looks like you're watching the raw source material. Yes, you read that right... flaws in the audio / video quality were a perk. I say this because these flaws are very minimal and easy to block out, but they just add that much more nostalgia to the viewing process... you really feel like you're kicked back in a sleazy New York theater circa 1978.

Fans of seventies horror and grindhouse flicks should not pass this DVD up. You get this movie (obviously), the excellent Criminally Insane, and the decent sequel Criminally Insane 2. There's commentary on both this movie and the original Criminally Insane, there's interviews with the director, and for less than the price of the latest Hollywood blockbuster, you just can't beat that deal. 7/10.
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