Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Satan's Blade (1984) Blu-ray Review



SATAN’S BLADE (1984) from Olive Films 
Blu-ray Release date: May 12, 2015 

Sometimes you ask yourself, why don’t they make Movies about lesbian bank robbers who flee to snowy lodges only to find themselves at the hands of an obscured killer who’s sole weapon is possibly satanic anymore? 

They sure don’t make ‘em like they use too, kids! Satan’s Blade was released in 1984, the tail end of the Slasher Movie golden age cycle, though it seems to have been shot in the late 70’s/early 80’s where everyone has a mustache or looks like they really want to escape to the Disco dance floor. I know if I was of age during that era I would have been dancing along with them. Though preferably with Jamie Lee Curtis of Prom Night (1980)

I hope I didn't get your hopes up with all that Disco dance talk. There isn't any in Satan's Blade. There aren't any particularly good performances, either. So why check it out? Because it's called SATAN'S BLADE. I know my curiosity is piqued by the very idea of the evil one himself resorting to such instruments to do his bidding with. Doesn't he, like, use mind games to turn people on each other like in Needful Things (1993) or something? How about a pitchfork? All the slutty girls who wore those Devil costumes (that blonde from Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) who likes to get busy in the barn immediately comes to mind) will be sorely disappointed that Satan himself doesn't even use that. I guess you could say that the "Satan" in Satan's Blade is freestylin'. I can't vouch that this particular "Satan" is stylin' and profilin' like Ric Flair. I'd like to imagine that he is.


Being somewhat of a Retro Slasher Movie completist myself, I enjoyed revisiting this Movie after all these years, but mostly because it’s in a neat little package from Slasher Video and Olive Films. The transfer is brighter and much better than my old ratty VHS Tape and there are several extras to sink your own knife into if you’re into low budget Filmmaking from a Director’s point of view. Recommended. Especially if you love knives stuck in trees as metaphors for the human body. 


Satan's Blade, or a Wrigley's chewing gum commercial?
You decide. 

Blu-ray Special Features Features include:

Interviews, Deleted Scenes, Instrumentals, Trailer, Photo Gallery & more.

Running time: 82 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1080p 1.35:1 transfer
Sound: DTS HD 2.0 (English)


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