The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

I mentioned some time back how many movies I learn about because they’re sampled by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. In their song “Rivers of Blood, Years of Darkness” from Confessions of a Knife, the words “Blood! Blood!” and “Drown our useless age in blood!” come from the film.

I’ve always loved the box art for this movie and never gave it a chance. I’m glad I did!

Ben, his girlfriend Nicky (Ahna Capri, Han’s secretary from Enter the Dragon), and Ben’s daughter K.T. (Geri Reischl, the fake Jan Brady!) are on their way to K.T. grandmother’s house on a highway that takes them through the American Southwest.

They come across an accident and report it to the sheriff (L.Q. Jones, who wrote and produced this movie) before the locals go crazy and almost kill them. That’s because no one can leave town and nearly all of their children have gone missing.

It turns out that a coven of old Satanists have been taking the children, teaching them to follow the left hand path and are trying to use their bodies as receptacles for their elderly souls. If anyone gets close, they use the kids’ toys to murder them. A local priest figures it all out, but he’s driven crazy after seeing a murder.

It turns out that kindly Doc Duncan — played by Strother Martin who said “What we have here is a failure to communicate” in Cool Hand Luke — is either the leader of the cult or Satan himself. There’s an awe-inspiring scene where hooded men with flaming swords kill the old people so they can go inside the children’s’ bodies. When their parents finally get there to save them, it’s too late. Everything goes to blackness, with only the words “Come in, children” on the screen.

When Brotherhood of Satan was shown, audience members were given a packet of “Satan’s Soul” seeds. Each envelope — illustrated with the movie’s logo — contained two seeds, which were, according to the instructions, supposed to provide protection from the Black Magic of The Brotherhood of Satan. If you think movies are better in 2019 than they were in 1971, I have news for you.

Much like Evilspeak, this is a film on the list that presents the powers of Satan succeeding against the forces of good. It’s pretty much exactly as the rest of the world perceives how Satanists act. Of course, Anton LaVey encouraged this type of shadow play and making fun of the rest of the straight world.

Yeah, we love this film and then some . . . that’s why R. D and Dustin Fallon from Horror and Sons also reviewed it with their takes. Watch it.

10 thoughts on “The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

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    • Yeah, there are SO MANY great, forgotten, U.S. made drive-in horrors, shot post-Rosemary’s Baby/Night of the Living Dead and pre-Exorcist. This is one of them. Things like Warlock Moon, Necromancy, Simon, King of the Witches, and the incredible Messenger of Evil, just to name a couple off the top of my head.

      After the Exorcist, forget it: the Italian and Spanish film industries locked it up, after that (The Eerie Midnight Horror Show, for example). The Omen made it, more so. There was a knockoff or two every month, it seems, at the cinema or drive-in.

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      • Ah… LOVE Messenger of Evil! The Sentinel and The Manitou were bonkers too. Beyond the Door, The Mephisto Waltz, Race with the Devil, etc., yes, Satan was a busy guy during the 1970s. 😉

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      • Yes. Mephisto is great! No one hates on Messenger of Evil. The Manitou, as well as BrainWaves, for Tony Curtis: “hagsploitation” for men! And Rock Hudson making out with the grown up embryo he grew in Embryo. Bonkers.

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      • I know, right?

        I can’t find an official ____ -ploitation sub-genre for washed-up and aged out, once A-List male actors. Rock and Tony, even Mickey Rooney (The Manipulator) did horror-for-work just like Liz Taylor, Joan Crawford, and Veronica Lake. So why no (degrading) sub-genre for men?

        William Holden in The Omen. Kirk Douglas with The Fury. I mean, from Spartacus to the Fury? Now that’s “haggy,” right?

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      • Grumpy Old Mensploitation? Crusty Old Bastardsploitation? Haggardsploitation? Is that the male opposite of “hag”? Trollsploitation? Women are “hags” and men are “trolls”? Is “haggard” the masculine of the feminine “hag”?

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