Blood Orgy of the She-Devils

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Within the eerie castle of Mara (Lila Zaborin), a lot of strange things happen and of course, black magic is always involved. Mara is known as the Queen of the Black Witches and with the help of her devilish virgin disciples, she plans to extract revenge on those who have punished witches, even if in a past life. At her disposal is a mastery of black magical arts, which means she can forge rituals, cast spells, and even reincarnate herself, if needed. As the victims are lured inside her castle, she and her gorgeous minions perform a ritual and then murder them, to avenge those witches who suffered before them. It seems as though this chain of violence will never end, unless someone comes in to defeat Mara and overthrow her evil empire, once and for all. The man who decides to make a run at the task is Dr. Helsford (Victor Izay), a parapsychology professor with some knowledge of black magic under his belt. But will Helsford be able to end the chaos of Mara and her maidens, or will their mystical powers be enough to fend off his efforts?

An outlandish title, a coven of black witches, devil girls in bikinis, and the direction of Ted V. Mikels are just some of the elements found in this picture, the immortal Blood Orgy of the She-Devils. I like the premise better than the actual results, but I still find this to be a worthwhile movie and of course, wonderful addition to my film collection. I guess I just love bikini clad devil chicks and black magic, as I was never bored with this one, even though it fails to match of Mikels’ more effective efforts. As usual for his productions, the budget was slim and the writing is thin, but it all works out well enough, at least to me it does. But even other fans of Mikels’ work seem to dislike this one for various reasons, with most of the claims stating the film is too dull and slow paced. I do think Blood Orgy of the She-Devils moves a tad slow, but I have never been bored with it and in truth, I don’t understand why fans of Mikels would be either. If you’re a fan of black magic flicks with lots of screaming women and dancing devil girls, then I highly recommend Blood Orgy of the Devils, especially in a nice release like this one.

As I mentioned above, I like this movie and usually enjoy director Ted V. Mikels’ pictures, but I do think this one could have been better. I think in this kind of low rent exploitation film, Mikels should have used more of the conventional elements, like ample naked women and more liberal amounts of the red stuff. I mean, if the devil girls would have dropped top, the overall fun would be upped a lot and come on, that’s just one minor change. Perhaps this is how it was all supposed to be however, so I won’t argue with Mikels’ vision, although I just can’t help but think how the old standby ingredients would have enhanced this picture. Other films directed by Ted V. Mikels include Girl in Gold Boots, Astro-Zombies, The Black Klansman, The Doll Squad, The Corpse Grinders, and 10 Violent Women. The cast here includes Leslie McRae (Death Race 2000, Coffy), Tom Pace (Astro-Zombies, Girl in Gold Boots), and Lila Zaborin as Mara, Queen of the Black Witches.

Video: How does it look?

Blood Orgy of the She-Devils is presented in a full frame transfer, which seems to be an open matte edition. As the other Mikels films from Image are in terrific anamorphic versions, I am unsure why this was issued as such, but perhaps they had their reasons. In any event, the framing looks set up for 1.78:1 or so, which would hold up with Mikels’ other releases, so I am baffled. The print looks worn as expected, with a lot of debris and flecks to be seen, but as I’d seen this movie before, it never really bothered me much. The colors and contrast hold up well also, but due to the source materials’ condition, never spark up to the usual modern standards. I would love to have a cleaned up, anamorphic transfer on this picture, but this is about as good as the film can look until this, so I won’t complain too much.

Audio: How does it sound?

Not a lot to talk about here, a solid mono track and little else to mention about it. I heard some slight age related flaws, but nothing too serious and in the end, this was a stable and effective audio presentation. The dialogue is as clean as could be and while the screams get pretty loud, I think the volume balance is on the mark. No real problems to speak of and given the nature of the production, I am surprised it all sounds this good, solid work indeed.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a talent file on Mikels, the film’s theatrical trailer, and an audio commentary track with Mikels. As was the case with his Corpse Grinders session, Mikels is talkative and offers a lot of behind the scenes information. Another must listen to track for fans of cult cinema, without a doubt.

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