History Film / TouchOfSatan

18th Jun '16 1:00:53 PM CastingCrowns
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** The mob is made out to be a bunch of unintelligent, superstitious boobs (by both the movie and Mike & the Bots)...even though Lucinda really is a witch, and the curses people are falling to were actually caused by her. So they're really not as irrational as they're made out to be.
1st Sep '15 9:26:18 PM nombretomado
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''The Touch of Satan'' is a 1971 horror film. It was directed by Don Henderson, and it starred Michael Berry and Emby Mellay in their only roles. The film was shot in 1970 in the Santa Ynez, California area and featured the early work from makeup artist Joe Blasco. The film was relatively obscure until a 1998 appearance ([[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E08TouchOfSatan this episode]]) on the series MysteryScienceTheater3000, where the film was mocked for its low budget and bad acting.

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''The Touch of Satan'' is a 1971 horror film. It was directed by Don Henderson, and it starred Michael Berry and Emby Mellay in their only roles. The film was shot in 1970 in the Santa Ynez, California area and featured the early work from makeup artist Joe Blasco. The film was relatively obscure until a 1998 appearance ([[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E08TouchOfSatan this episode]]) on the series MysteryScienceTheater3000, Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000, where the film was mocked for its low budget and bad acting.
6th Apr '15 5:07:08 AM wrm5
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* CoversAlwaysLie: Despite the box art shown as this page's image, the movie does not contain an exorcism.
13th Mar '15 2:15:53 PM wrm5
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Melissa is finally freed from her enslavement to Satan, but in the process she rapidly ages up to her real age and nearly dies. Jodie sells his own soul in order to save her, thereby starting the whole thing over again.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Melissa is finally freed from her enslavement to Satan, Satan after using the last of her magic to kill her murderous sister, but in without the process magic to keep her young she rapidly ages up returns to her real age and nearly dies. Jodie sells his own soul in order to save her, thereby starting the whole thing over again.]]
13th Mar '15 2:13:38 PM wrm5
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* TalkingIsAFreeAction: When Melissa makes her deal, the witch-hunting mob is right there listening to her conversation with the Devil, and don't do anything to stop it.
12th Mar '15 6:29:35 AM wrm5
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* {{Malaproper}}: "See, the way I got it figured, this job was done by one of them ''fromokaidal'' maniacs, and we ain't got none of them around here"
** Tom: Is that right? I should check my ''dictionotomy''.

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* {{Malaproper}}: "See, {{Malaproper}}
--> '''Gas Station Attendant:''' See,
the way I got it figured, this job was done by one of them ''fromokaidal'' maniacs, and we ain't got none of them around here"
** Tom: Is that right? I should check my ''dictionotomy''.
here



* NoImmortalInertia: Melissa, after gaining salvation at the end of the movie, rapidly ages to her real age.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Melissa. Her "parents" are actually her great-grandchildren. Lucinda is about 130 years old, and ''actually looks it''

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* NoImmortalInertia: Melissa, [[spoiler:Melissa, after gaining salvation at the end of the movie, rapidly ages to her real age.
age.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Melissa. Her "parents" are actually her great-grandchildren.great-grandchildren (maybe, it's not made entirely clear). Lucinda is about 130 years old, and ''actually looks it''



* RealAfterAll: A rather stupid example as the whole movie is spent making it out as if the family is just insanely religious and aren't able to realize that Lucinda is just mentally unstable. Then it's abruptly revealed that Melissa and Lucinda really are witches and ''the Devil'' gets involved out of nowhere as Melissa is being burned at the stake. Her sister turns out even worse, and takes her revenge on every person every opportunity she gets.

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* RealAfterAll: A rather stupid example as the The whole movie is spent making it out as if the family is just insanely religious and aren't able to realize that Lucinda is just mentally unstable. Then it's abruptly revealed that Melissa and Lucinda really are witches and ''the Devil'' gets involved out of nowhere as Melissa Lucinda is being burned at the stake. Her sister turns out even worse, and takes her revenge on every person every opportunity she gets.stake.
12th Mar '15 6:21:00 AM wrm5
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* DownerEnding: Melissa is finally freed from her enslavement to Satan, but in the process she rapidly ages up to her real age and nearly dies. Jodie sells his own soul in order to save her, thereby starting the whole thing over again.

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* DownerEnding: Melissa [[spoiler:Melissa is finally freed from her enslavement to Satan, but in the process she rapidly ages up to her real age and nearly dies. Jodie sells his own soul in order to save her, thereby starting the whole thing over again.]]
11th Mar '15 4:19:23 PM wrm5
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'''''The Touch of Satan''''' is a 1971 horror film. It was directed by Don Henderson, and it starred Michael Berry and Emby Mellay in their only roles. The film was shot in 1970 in the Santa Ynez, California area and featured the early work from makeup artist Joe Blasco. The film was relatively obscure until a 1998 appearance ([[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E08TouchOfSatan this episode]]) on the series MysteryScienceTheater3000, where the film was mocked for its low budget and bad acting.

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'''''The ''The Touch of Satan''''' Satan'' is a 1971 horror film. It was directed by Don Henderson, and it starred Michael Berry and Emby Mellay in their only roles. The film was shot in 1970 in the Santa Ynez, California area and featured the early work from makeup artist Joe Blasco. The film was relatively obscure until a 1998 appearance ([[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E08TouchOfSatan this episode]]) on the series MysteryScienceTheater3000, where the film was mocked for its low budget and bad acting.



* AxCrazy: 'Grandma.'
* BurnTheWitch: Yup, played straight. [[CriticalResearchFailure In mid-1800s California]], no less. They also seem to have the ''plague'' in these parts.
* CassandraTruth: Even when she tells him point blank, even when she gives him a dream of the past, even when the people Melissa's living with agree with her, Jodie refuses to believe Melissa's a witch. This may have something to do with the fact that Jodie isn't exactly a physics professor.
* CoolCar
* DealWithTheDevil
* DevilButNoGod
* DownerEnding
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Jodie doesn't care for his middle name, Lee, very much, if the one time he talks about it is any indication. For some reason he's okay with his girly first name, but doesn't like his perfectly normal middle name. Could be spelled "Leigh" for all we know, though.
** Bearing in mind that Jodie was originally a boy's name, and didn't become popular for girls until much later.
* [[FailedASpotCheck Failed A Listen Check]]: In the flashback scene, we hear an AngryMob marching on the house while chanting "Burn the witch!" Melissa actually asks her father "What is it?" ''multiple times'', to which Crow [[DeadpanSnarker responds]] "It's a mob chanting 'Burn the witch!' Have you no deductive skills at all?!"
* IHaveManyNames: "I am a friend and companion of the night. I rejoice in spilled blood and the baying of dogs. I wander among shades and tombs. I am Gorgo, and Mormo, of the thousand-faced moon."
** I Have Many Voices, too. The devil specifically speaks to people using their own voice.

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* AxCrazy: 'Grandma.'
Melissa's "grandma" Lucinda, [[spoiler:actually her sister]]. It's implied she was already evil, but the burns she suffered pushed her over the edge.
* BurnTheWitch: Yup, played Played straight. [[CriticalResearchFailure In mid-1800s California]], no less. They also seem to have the ''plague'' in these parts.
* CassandraTruth: Even when she tells him point blank, even when she gives him a dream of the past, even when the people Melissa's living with agree with her, Jodie refuses to believe Melissa's a witch. This may have something to do with the fact that Jodie isn't exactly very bright.
* CoolCar: Jodie's car is pretty cool.
* DealWithTheDevil: Melissa made one to save her sister, [[spoiler:and Jodie makes one too at the end]].
* DevilButNoGod: At the very least, the Devil is
a physics professor.
lot more active. He speaks out loud to people, makes deals with them, and grants them incredible magical powers and immortality. God, on the other hand, doesn't do much of anything, not even to save His people from the witches and their curse.
* CoolCar
* DealWithTheDevil
* DevilButNoGod
* DownerEnding
DownerEnding: Melissa is finally freed from her enslavement to Satan, but in the process she rapidly ages up to her real age and nearly dies. Jodie sells his own soul in order to save her, thereby starting the whole thing over again.
-->'''Servo:''' So... in the end, Satan wins, I guess.\\
'''Mike:''' Yep, pretty much a shut-out for Satan.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Jodie doesn't care for his middle name, Lee, very much, if the one time he talks about it is any indication. For some reason he's okay with his girly first name, but doesn't like his perfectly normal middle name. Could be spelled "Leigh" for all we know, though.
** Bearing in mind that Jodie was originally a boy's name, and didn't become popular for girls until much later.
name.
* [[FailedASpotCheck Failed A Listen Check]]: FailedASpotCheck: In the flashback scene, we hear an AngryMob marching on the house while chanting "Burn the witch!" Melissa actually asks her father "What is it?" ''multiple times'', to which Crow [[DeadpanSnarker responds]] "It's a mob chanting 'Burn the witch!' Have you no deductive skills at all?!"
* IHaveManyNames: "I I Have Many Voices, too. Satan speaks to people using their own voice.
-->'''Devil:''' I
am a friend and companion of the night. I rejoice in spilled blood and the baying of dogs. I wander among shades and tombs. I am Gorgo, and Mormo, of the thousand-faced moon."
** I Have Many Voices, too. The devil specifically speaks to people using their own voice.



* MadwomanInTheAttic: A literal example of this trope.

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* MadwomanInTheAttic: A literal example of this trope.example, nearly. Lucinda doesn't live in the attic, but she is a madwoman usually shut up in her room.



* MayDecemberRomance

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* MayDecemberRomanceMayDecemberRomance: Melissa is 127 years old, while Jodie is still a young man.



* NoImmortalInertia
* OlderThanTheyLook: Melissa and her family.
** Just Melissa. Her "parents" are actually her great-grandchildren(?). Lucinda is about 130 years old, and ''actually looks it''
* ProductPlacement: Crow: Suddenly I feel like having some '''CARNATION ICE CREAM!'''
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: ''Amazing Grace''

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* NoImmortalInertia
NoImmortalInertia: Melissa, after gaining salvation at the end of the movie, rapidly ages to her real age.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Melissa and her family.
** Just
Melissa. Her "parents" are actually her great-grandchildren(?).great-grandchildren. Lucinda is about 130 years old, and ''actually looks it''
* ProductPlacement: Crow: Suddenly I feel like having some '''CARNATION ICE CREAM!'''
When Jodie and Melissa visit the store, there's a large "Carnation Ice Cream" in the middle of the shot for a long time.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: ''Amazing Grace''Grace'' is re-used a lot.



* TorchesAndPitchforks
* UnfortunateNames
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Though it can be assumed that Melissa's "parents" are her descendents, it's never actually spelled out exactly who they are in the film.

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* TorchesAndPitchforks
* UnfortunateNames
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Though it can be assumed that Melissa's "parents" are
TorchesAndPitchforks: A mob like this is what sets off the whole generations-spanning curse, as Lucinda is nearly burned as a witch and Melissa sells her descendents, it's never actually spelled out exactly who they are in the film.soul to save her.
%% * UnfortunateNames
6th Oct '14 3:54:04 PM Metz77
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Though it can be assumed that Melissa's "parents" are her descendents, it's never actually spelled out exactly who they are in the film.
5th Jul '14 3:25:54 PM KentuckyTroper1990
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** To be fair, the plague bacteria exists in southern California, and there have been a few isolated outbreaks. Nothing big enough to cause a witch hunt over, however.



* HeyItsThatGuy: Directed by Billy Jack and featuring the main hick from ''GiantSpiderInvasion'' in a supporting role.
** It's never been confirmed that it really was the same Tom Laughlin. This movie isn't under his filmography on [=IMDb=] and he's understandably not owning up to it if it really was him.
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