Unhappy and discontent suburban teen Bobby (expertly played to the obnoxious hilt by Stephen White) lives in abject misery in the Florida suburbs. He's relentlessly browbeaten by his overbearing stepfather (a marvelously hateful Eldon Macham) and equally nasty shamelessly flirtatious tease of an older step sister (a perfectly bitchy Joyce Molloy). Fed up with all this abuse, Bobby runs away from home and winds up being savagely sodomized by a gang of greasy gay guys. The evil homosexuals leave Bobby clad solely in his underwear on the side of the road. Luckily for Bobby he's saved by a nearby Satanic cult. Attractive lady cult member Sherry (the luscious Kathleen Archer) gets the hots for Bobby, but cult leader Simon (superbly essayed with mucho suavely slimy aplomb by Robert C. Ray II) thinks Bobby is too much of a weak, passive wimp to cut it as a worthy member of the cult. So Bobby escapes from the cult's dangerous clutches (killing four guards in the process) and exacts a harsh revenge on his stepfather, step sister and the foul gay goons who brutally raped him in order to prove he's got the right tough stuff to qualify as a soldier in Lucifer's army. "Satan's Children" is a sensationally sick, twisted and depraved doozy of a low-budget 70's drive-in horror flick. Writer/director Joe Wiezycki relates the deranged story in a tight, snappy, straightforward manner that ensures that there's never any dreary lulls to speak of. The stark, no-frills style of the picture, best epitomized by John "Mak" Makinen's plain, grainy photography and Ray Fletcher's odd, spare, droning score, adds an immediacy to the warped proceedings that's both skin-crawlingly creepy and strangely compelling in comparable measure. The final image in this film is very scary and disturbing, concluding things on a shockingly nihilistic note that the Devil himself would approve of. Those fine freaky folks at Something Weird Video offer this hardcore ferocious piece of deviant Southern-fried sleaze on an ideal DVD double bill with William Girdler's laughably lousy debut feature "Asylum of Satan."
Runaway teen Bobby is given shelter by a cult of Satanists, but his presence and questionable sexuality leads to conflicts within Satan's Children,
December 13, 2020