And here we are, the final disc in the Spawn of Satan 4-pack. As I’ve come to notice, Satan was noticeably absent from pretty much all of these movies. I think this one comes close though. I also was hoping that the last movie would be the absolute worst, and there’s no doubt that I struck gold here.
It’s apparently by the same guy who did [Night Crawlers], and one of the extras here got promoted to lead actor for that movie. Well it was also the director’s brother, but pretty much most of the cast played similar yet expanded roles later on. That said, this movie is absolutely hilarious. In fact, I’m seeing flaws in my rating system since it is so bad and perfect for riffing that I want to max out the Bad-Good side, yet that would put it in the same category as Monsturd and Terror Toons. I can’t very well put it in the Bad-Bad extreme as it was enjoyable for all the wrong reasons. This leaves me no way to convey the extreme absurdity of this effort. But such is life. [break]
With all the talk of terrible effects and acting, it would be a gaping hole in the review if I didn’t mention the bathing scene. Now we wouldn’t normally go into detail about gratuitous exploitation, but that’s totally not where this is going. You see the opening scene wants to take a page from Halloween where a killer attacks a vulnerable young women in the midst of undress. But as a film maker, what happens when you don’t have access to a willing female participant? Well logically, you cut the scene and do something else. But no, that doesn’t stop our fearless director. He takes one for the team, shaves his legs and does it himself. Carefully cropping out anything except limbs mind you, but the hairy arms are just not right. After some voice dubbing, off-screen screaming, and an effect that I guess tries to convey that a demon claw can completely scalp a victim, the scene is complete. Later with a montage of dead bodies in a house, we apparently get an outtake from this scene and are presented with an underwater butt. Great!
I talked about the monster’s visuals, which is one whole mess, but its behavior just defies explanation. After it blatantly kills a whole family, it goes out back to its house (it lives with a guy?) and cries. At first I thought it was dancing around with a whistle trying to lure someone out, but it was actually just sobbing near a pile of bodies. Later it adopts a doll from another family that he killed, and tenderly hugs it. So after brutal murder, he feels bad. I’m not sure where this really goes.
It then turns into man vs. monster, with hilarious results. The fight scenes involve soft blows, with hard hitting sound effects. This is after they blow up a house with a microwave and crash a burning car off the highway to defeat the demon. All it wanted was to be read some fairy tales. Really, it wanted to be read to. But just as the demon seems to be indestructible, the heroes appear shares the ability to be stabbed through the abdomen and come out fine.