Blood Orgy Of The She-Devils (1972)

Blood Orgy Of The She-Devils (1972)

Blood Orgy Of The She-Devils (1972)
Directed by Ted V. Mikels
Starring Lila Zaborin,Tom Pace and Leslie McRae

It goes without saying that the best thing about this film is the title, which in itself is a little misleading, especially when we consider this film was rated PG on release. Not only is there very little blood and no orgy, it also isn’t really as trashy or lurid as the name suggests. And perhaps this is the films greatest crime. A big dollop of sleaze and a dash of gore would have helped the medicine go down. There is very little humour (intentional or unintentional) and the acting is pedestrian, nobody gives an outstanding performance but at the same time the acting is not laughably horrible either.

The plot is minimal and uncomplicated with the characters being developed little further than standard comic-book fare. The story follows a group of occultists who practice satanic rituals that involve pagan dancing girls and human sacrifice. The leader of the group is Mara, a queen of black magic, played by Lila Zaborin who gives the most entertaining performance in the film with her over the top portrayal of the evil witch. Leslie McRae plays Lorraine, one of Mara’s followers who frequently participates in the rituals. Lorraine decides to bring her skeptical boyfriend Mark to attend a seance. During the ritual Mara not only channels an Indian Chief (who speaks in classic Big Chief ‘Injun’ style) but the mother of one of the teenage girls in attendance, shortly after a spirit reveals itself and hovers over the group. Mark still not convinced of Mara’s credibility seeks advice from a college professor Dr. Helsford, who specializes in studying occultism. Helsford rounds up three of his white-magic buddies and sets out to put an end to Mara and her evil ways. They arrive to discover Mara in the middle of a ritual, combining their powers the four men defeat the evil coven. All practitioners of the black-arts are killed in the conflict including our heroes Mark and Lorraine.

Whilst the plot is generic and the thrills are minimal I am not kicking myself for wasting an hour of my life or ten bucks on this movie. There still is a few good reasons to check out Blood Orgy. Highlights include some flashbacks to the Salem witch trials that show accused witches burned at the stake and stoned to death. These are probably the most shocking scenes in the film and are quite brutal. One scene also includes the flogging of a witch’s child, this of course is shown off screen. The aforementioned ritual scenes are fun and in true B-movie fashion contain scantily clad hippie chicks getting groovy for satan.

More interesting than the main plot is a sub-plot about Mara accepting payment to assassinate a UN ambassador which she does using a voodoo doll. The crooks that hired her then return and attempt to kill Mara, who of course doesn’t die and has her revenge by subjecting them to the painful voodoo doll treatment.

The film was directed by Ted V Mikels, in the world of cult and psychotronic films this guy has near legendary status. Mikels is considered to be one of the worst movie makers of all time and is generally grouped alongside schlock directors like Al Adamson, Herschell Gordon Llewis, Doris Wishman and Ray Dennis Steckler (we will return to movies by these guys shortly). His other films include ‘The Corpse Grinders’, ‘The Doll Squad’ and ‘Astro Zombies’. Mikels is famed for having lived in a castle in California with a harem of ten wives. He taught his wives the art of film-making and editing and they worked with him on his motion pictures. Mikels is still making movies to this day, between 2000 and 2004 he made sequels to his three most popular films including ‘Cauldron: Baptism of Blood’(2004) which is the follow-up to She-Devils. I think I will give this one a miss.

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