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The Brotherhood of Satan

The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

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Release Date: Aug 6, 1971 Wide

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Noted character actor L.Q. Jones (who would later direct the cult classic A Boy and His Dog) produced this low-budget horror item about a small Southwestern town torn asunder by the mysterious disappearances of several of its children. Jones plays the town sheriff, who joins forces with some of the locals to find the perpetrators and uncovers a diabolical plot concocted by a coven of elderly devil-worshippers who plan to use the children's bodies as receptacles for their own souls, enabling them

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Drama, Horror, Classics

William Welch, L.Q. Jones

Aug 13, 2002

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Nonsensical, creepy satanic supernatural thriller.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Just about what you'd expect from a movie with this title.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I guess if you've seen one "Midwest town overtaken by maniacal senior-citizen Satan worshippers" flick, you've seen 'em all.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for The Brotherhood of Satan

A dreadful horror movie that seems completely incapable of being any scary, which can be blamed on how awfully edited and directed it is, with scenes that get stretched much beyond what we can take - and it does not help that the lame plot is so nonsensical.
June 6, 2014
blacksheepboy

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It's like "Children of the Corn" but with geriatrics instead of the kids. What a load of nonsense. It's not scary at all.
Nothing happens except a lot of talking gibberish.
For those of you who care, the old folks use kids in their Satanic rituals to play with toys that resemble things in the outside world... or something like that. Just think of voodoo dolls and you'll be on the right lines.
You won't care anyway and will probably switch this off after the first ten minutes where nobody speaks at all.
August 20, 2007
drblood

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"The Brotherhood of Satan" starts off really well, like Antonioni gone horror. Lots of silence and lengthy tracking shots about nothing, and the script perversely takes 20-25 minutes before any of the situation begins to make sense. But then the story turns into a fairly standard Satanic-coven flick, and is nothing to get excited about.

If you made a pie chart for this film based on how much the actors get a chance to ham it up and flash their chops, it would be 98% for Strother Martin and 2% for everyone else.

I didn't realize this until after the film was over, but the main little girl is played by Geri Reischl, who later became the "substitute Jan" when the Brady Bunch attempted their infamous musical-variety series. Surely, Satan played a role in getting that show on the air.
May 13, 2010
Eric Broome

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  • Stadt des Grauens (The Brotherhood of Satan) (DE)
  • The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) (UK)
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