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The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

  Tags: 70's, Ahna Capri, Alvy Moore, Bernard McEveety, Charles Bateman, Charles Robinson, evil children, evil kids, Geri Reischl, killer children, killer kids, L.Q. Jones, POS, POS movie, small town, Strother Martin, The Brotherhood of Satan

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Bernard McEveety
92 minutes
Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman, Ahna Capri, Charles Robinson, Alvy Moore, Geri Reischl

Piece-o-crap is the best way to describe this 70's flick. The film had the right idea, but horrible delivery. The movie pretty much lost me from the beginning, with its 5-minute sequence where our lead family is driving in a car, with absolutely no dialogue and the worst elevator music possibly imaginably playing in the background.

Then we witness a strange and confusing tank death that seems to come out of nowhere and essentially offer no real point other than a less-than-average death sequence. As I said before, the idea behind the movie sounded promising -- a vacationing family gets stranded near a small town where all the children seem to be under the influence of a dark power, leading all the adults to react frantically to outsiders and the law.

I liked the whole idea about a town's children going all evil and murderous, but the pacing and confusing and long sequences really ruined the experience for me. There are some scenes that seem to just drag on and on. Like this pointless dream sequence that seemed to have no significance other than to confuse the audience. Then towards the end we get another strange and mind-boggling climax that makes you just scratch your head and shrug your shoulders, before you realize that you just wasted an hour-and-a-half of your life.

An interesting idea that failed due to horrible directing, slow-pacing, and pointless and confusing sequences. Don't bother.

Posted on April 13, 2011 - 2:08am | FrighT MasteR