Killer Smiles and Satanic Wiles: Mr. Sardonicus and The Brotherhood of Satan

mrsardonicusMr. Sardonicus is one of Castle’s most effective films. As a director, he proves he has some real chops, steadily and expertly building tension until the terrifically effective reveal of Sardonicus’s hideous visage. The Brotherhood of Satan, on the other hand, is an intermittently effective exercise in post-Rosemary’s Baby satanic panic, combined with some elements of dime-store surrealism, including one unforgettably psychedelic dream sequence, and sporting some truly bizarre set and costume designs.”

Read my entire review of Mill Creek’s killer two-fer, out now on Blu-ray, at The House Next Door, the official blog of Slant Magazine.

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.
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