THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER
Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
When a young woman attends her motherís funeral, she is offered a place to stay by Shelley Winters. Donít ever stay with a woman who looks like Shelley Winters and has satanic images in the house.
Is it good movie?
Something about the late Sixties and Seventies that made the idea of Satan scary. Whether it be Linda Blair and her split pea soup or Mia Farrow and a baby so ugly only a mother could love, Satanic Cults scared the crap out of folk. Maybe it was the whole drug induced decade or very likely, news of the Manson Family and their horrendous crimes. Or maybe it was Vietnam and the idea of a group of people taking over our souls. But that was something that a ton of movies were made about, the devil and his followers. The Devilís Daughter is one of those films, which was made for television. It was also directed by Jeannot Szwarc who would later go on to direct the passable sequel to Steven SpielbergĎs classic, Jaws 2.
Well as far as Satan and his evil power made for TV movies go, this one isnít half bad. Belinda Montgomery as Diane Shaw has just come to attend her motherís funeral. Her mum, played by Diane Ladd was desperately trying to save her from some baddies in black hoods, although Diane knows nothing about this. Her mother stayed away from her daughter trying to shield her from those pesky Satanists.
After the funeral, a kindly woman named Lilith Malone (Shelley Winters) offers her a place to stay as long as she needs it. Lilith tells Diane that she was friend of her mothers and she even offers her a ring that used to belong to her mom. But the ring has a symbol on it, that is also on a very obvious painting of the dark lord that hangs in Lilithís living room. Well, slowly (and I mean really slowly), Diane figures things out and attempts to get away from all those worshippers and finds a man she falls in love with. Itís all terribly predictably but maybe because Iím a sucker for made for TV horror flicks of this ilk, I liked it.
Iím fairly sure this will be much too slow and too predictably for many, but if you are a fan of these types of films and arenít expecting too much. You know, like The Exorcist or The Omen and of course Rosemaryís Baby. Those are all much better pictures, but this one is good cheesy fun and it has Shelley Winters getting all attitudy on poor Diane. Fun, but predictable and dated.
Video / Audio
Video: Well someone really didnít care too much about this one. It is a poor Fullscreen transfer that looks as though it may have been from an old VHS tape. Not really bad, but far from great.
Audio: About as good as the video, if only a touch better. Not the best quality for this film.
I guess Satanic Cults don't need special features.
If you dig corny made for TV horror films than you canít go wrong here. There is a hint of influence in the fear of creepy cults such as the Manson Family and all the evil stuff that went on back in 1973. But it is still a TV Movie so it doesnít take itself too seriously. And I really liked Belinda Montgomery as the daughter in question. She was very likeable and fought well against Shelley Winters, who seemed to have fun playing this role. Although I had fun, I recommend for fans of this type of entertainment and collectors only. All hail ye mighty Movie of the Week.