DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

SATAN'S SLAVE (EVIL HERITAGE) (director: Norman J. Warren; screenwriter: David McGillivray; cinematographer: Les Young; editor: ; music:  John Scott; cast: Michael Gough (Uncle Alexander Yorke), Martin Potter (Stephen Yorke), Candace Glendenning (Catherine Yorke), Barbara Kellerman (Frances), Michael Craze (John), David McGillivray (Priest), Monika Ringwald (),  (); Runtime: 84; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Les Young/Richard Crafter; Monumental Pictures; 1976-UK)

"A nutty stab at devil worship in GB."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

A nutty stab at devil worship in GB, that's directed with high production values but with little else that rocks by Brit filmmaker Norman J. Warren ("Prey"/"Terror"/"Inseminoid"). The so-so director seems to love to use terror cliches whenever. The weak screenplay and abominable dialogue is written by David McGillivray, who plays the priest. It was garishly filmed on location in Surrey.

The 20-year-old Catherine Yorke (Candace Glendenning) finds strange things happening in her eccentric Uncle Alexander's (Michael Gough) country mansion when she visits. Uncle's the screwy leader of a cult trying to reincarnate witches by human sacrifices. Stephen Yorke (Martin Potter) is Uncle's necromancer son. Both are intent in using Catherine's body to resurrect an ancestor who was burned as a witch two centuries ago, as they stab her to death after sliding the knife over her nipples.

The shocker has a twist ending, which was given away in the opening act.

Michael Craze plays the heroine's boyfriend.

REVIEWED ON 5/3/2015       GRADE: C+

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