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Satan's Sadists

Accustomed to the crazy stories of Al Adamson, we remain a bit 'surprised by this "Satan's Sadists" that seeing closer in depth, has reflective ambitions. Under a blanket of classical elements from B movie and solutions typical of his way of filmmaking he shows a picture of a deviate hippie culture lost between swastikas and ultra-violence.

Everything is contained in a "bikexploitation" sadistic and dusty, instigate by a series of rather colorful characters who wander in a plot centered on the classic manhunt. We are in 1969 and the chronicles of Charlie Manson automatically come to mind. In fact, it’s on him that Adamson draws the main character of this movie, a character that is strengthened on an easy philosophy and violent crime.
A very poor production, with some scenes glued and a linear direction represent the aesthetic and technical aspect of "Satan's Sadists" a film still enjoyable which sometimes reminds "Motorpsycho" by the great Russ Meyer.

Anchor is the philosophical leader of a gang that roams the US provinces, killing, raping and beating up anyone who met. A middle-aged couple made up of former military and the classic housewife give a ride to a hitchhiker named Johnny, a former Marine. At the same time and near some female students with a teacher venture into the canyon to study the rocks. The inevitable clash between the good society and the lost one arrives in one of the symbols of the United States, a diner, where the slaughter begins. The former senior military and the manager place are killed, the wife raped (and killed) and only Johnny with a maid managed to escape.
Here begin the manhunt of "Satan's Sadists" seeking revenge. The gang, however, is undermined in the interior and in addition to rape and kills the female students, begins a fratricidal struggle that leads to the final duel, between Anchor and Johnny. An ending that should/would be dramatic but ended with a moment between the impossible and the absurd.

Critics to youth? Exaltation of the conservative society? Or simply a movie that exploits the news and the set, the Spahn Movie Ranch, famous for several films and especially for being a home of the "Family" Manson? We have no doubt. It is the latter hypothesis that animates the intention of Al Adamson. The American director recovers funds from a larger project that fails and hoping to cash in a lot of money thanks to the wave of films about bikers come out at that time.

Mission accomplished, "Satan's Sadist" in 1969 fills the Drive In, making good publicity to the "Independent International Pictures". The cast is full of expert actors, famous for b movies but also for major productions. Anchor is played by Russ Tamblyn, the Riffs of "West Side Story" and above (for our taste) Dr. Lawrence Jacoby of "Twin Peaks", in addition to many other things. Then we find Scott Brady, John "Bud" Cardos, Robert Dix, Kent Taylor and many others.