Welcome to the Vinegar Syndrome Staff Picks section, where we highlight our favorite releases from the many other fine labels releasing films on home video. This section, which will be updated semi regularly, features an array of crucial genre films, which no home library should be without.
A double feature from the depths of hell, newly preserved in 2K from AGFA + Something Weird!
SATANIS: THE DEVIL’S MASS is the unseen and unbelievable exposé on Anton LaVey, America’s favorite leader of the Church of Satan. Feeling like a bedtime story as told by Kenneth Anger and Russ Meyer, this is a wild glimpse into the witches, black masses, and sex lives that built San Francisco’s most infamous cult. From LaVey’s daughter (“I think they’re nuts!”) to a nude woman who performs a satanic rite with a Boa constrictor, you’ll meet numerous proto-goths, midnight maniacs, and daytime Draculas — and even a pet tiger named Togare! In the words of LaVey, “There is a beast in man that should be exercised, not exorcised!” Made by one-and-done filmmakers in the gutters of Tampa, SATAN’S CHILDREN is an Afterschool Special from depths of hell... literally. Bobby is a troubled teen with problems. After deflecting his father’s insults and his stepsister’s come-ons, Bobby unknowingly ends up at a gay bar. Before long, he’s sexually assaulted by four guys in the back seat of a car. With nowhere else to turn, Bobby joins a cult of Satanists to enact his murderous revenge. A truly deranged gut-punch, this is a gritty and baffling “experience” that could have only happened in Florida.
- 2K preservation of SATANIS from a 16mm theatrical print!
- 2K preservation of SATAN’S CHILDREN from a 35mm theatrical print!
- Sizzling shorts from Beelzebub’s vault!
- Torrid trailers from Lucifer’s archive!
- Reversible cover art!