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Transferred from the original 35mm negative and framed at 1.85:1 (anamorphically enhanced on the DVD), this still shows signs of scratches and surface stains throughout, obviously inherent in the original materials, although the soundtrack is mostly fine. The extras consist of a pair of 2008 interviews with Birkinshaw and actress Joanne Good (14m and 12m respectively), which can also be found on earlier Redemption releases of KILLER’S MOON, to- gether with their audio commen- tary; a brace of near-identical theatrical trailers; a picture gallery; and a set of trailers for Kino’s


Jean Rollin collection.


LEGACY OF SATAN / BLOOD


1974, Code Red, 70m 3s, 69m 17s, $24.95, BD-A By Tim Lucas


This Code Red double feature replicates an actual Bryanston Pictures Releasing combo from the early 1970s that paired the


directorial talents of DEEP THROAT and THE RATS ARE COMING! THE WEREWOLVES ARE HERE!. Though the promo- tional campaign did little to bring them to anyone’s attention, the two films share a good deal in common thematically, both deal- ing with blood and supernatural legacies.


Written, edited and directed in 1972 by Gerard Damiano, the belatedly released LEGACY OF SATAN is a mildly intriguing ex- ample of occult horror from this period which—like George Romero’s SEASON OF THE WITCH—equates the practice of Satanism with a woman’s greater sexual liberation and sensual in- heritance. A young married couple, George (Paul Barry) and Maya (Lisa Christian), enter- tain George’s old friend Arthur (John Procter, a dead ringer for LOLITA’s Gary Cockrell) with an evening of home cooking, not re- alizing that his own lack of mari- tal commitment has led him to join the cult of Dr. Muldavo (John


Francis), which drinks blood and prays to the dark lord Rakeesh. Muldavo perceives Maya from Arthur’s favorable impressions of her and decides to recruit her to become the cult’s new high priestess—a position coveted, and expected, by the silent but beautiful Aurelia (Ann Paul). Af- ter Muldavo casts a spell on Maya causing her to express her- self sexually with her husband by drawing his blood, the couple receive an invitation from Arthur to attend a masquerade party being held at Muldavo’s man- sion. There they are drugged, Maya communicating with her host on an astral plane and ac- cepting her destiny—while Aurelia assists George to strike a mutual revenge. The story does not end there, instead slipping briefly into a quasi-Eu- ropean BLANCHEVILLE MON- STER/LEGEND OF BLOOD CASTLE mode, with Maya car- ing for a disfigured master until


his curse is passed on to her, à la AIP’s THE OBLONG BOX.


Ann Paul presides over a coven’s human sacrifice in Gerard Damiano’s LEGACY OF SATAN, colorfully restored by Code Red Releasing.


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