Country of Origin: UK
Year of Production: 1976
Running Times: 86 mins
Format: Fujicolor Techniscope
Catherine Yorke finds herself embroiled in a satanic plot at the country mansion of her devil-worshipping uncle Alexander Yorke. With the help of his sinister son Stephen, Yorke is planning to resurrect an ancestor burnt at the stake as a witch in the 17th century. Having initially managed to evade the clutches of the rural coven, Catherine is tricked into believing that her ordeal had all been a dream and she is unwittingly 'adopted' into the sect. But there's an even more shocking twist to come.
Despite a rather convoluted and talky screenplay from the prolific McGillivray [the same year he made a complete pig's ear of Pete Walker's Schizo], Satan's Slave isn't at all bad and has certainly come to look better with age. All of McGillivray's hallmarks are in present and correct, though there is that tendency towards talkiness that even the author has admitted to. Warren does well to translate this over-chatty script into something that is never less than watchable and Satan's Slave emerges as a modest but very enjoyable genre debut.
altars, covens, eye gouging, the occult, satanism, the supernatural, tarot, whipping, witches, witchfinders, zombies