Satan's Sadists (1969)

R | 86 mins | Melodrama | 10 September 1969

Director:

Al Adamson

Writer:

Dennis Wayne

Producer:

Al Adamson

Cinematographer:

Gary Graver

Editor:

Gary Graver

Production Company:

Kennis-Frazer Films
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HISTORY

The 17 Sep 1969 Var announced Satan’s Sadists as the inaugural release from Kennis-Frazer Films. The picture opened on 10 Sep 1969 in Detroit, MI, according to 24 Sep 1969 Var box-office reports.
       A review in the 18 Dec 1969 DV noted that distributor Independent-International Pictures Corp. was falsely advertising the film as an allegory of the Manson Family murders earlier that year. The critic detailed the blatant dissimilarities between Charles Manson and the character, “Anchor,” while deriding the senseless violence depicted on screen. Openings followed in Los Angeles, CA, on 13 May 1970 and in New York City on 6 Jan 1971. The film was rated “R” by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
       According to the 21 Jul 1971 Var, revenues from Satan’s Sadists enabled Independent International to release an additional thirteen films over the previous eighteen months. The 7 Jun 1976 DV estimated gross receipts at $2 million; production costs totaled $125,000.
       The 11 Nov 1991 Var announced the picture’s reissue as a midnight show at the Waverly Theater in New York City.
       As noted in the 13 Aug 1969 Var, the soundtrack album was released on Smash Records.
       Various sources have identified Indio, CA, as the filming ... More Less

The 17 Sep 1969 Var announced Satan’s Sadists as the inaugural release from Kennis-Frazer Films. The picture opened on 10 Sep 1969 in Detroit, MI, according to 24 Sep 1969 Var box-office reports.
       A review in the 18 Dec 1969 DV noted that distributor Independent-International Pictures Corp. was falsely advertising the film as an allegory of the Manson Family murders earlier that year. The critic detailed the blatant dissimilarities between Charles Manson and the character, “Anchor,” while deriding the senseless violence depicted on screen. Openings followed in Los Angeles, CA, on 13 May 1970 and in New York City on 6 Jan 1971. The film was rated “R” by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
       According to the 21 Jul 1971 Var, revenues from Satan’s Sadists enabled Independent International to release an additional thirteen films over the previous eighteen months. The 7 Jun 1976 DV estimated gross receipts at $2 million; production costs totaled $125,000.
       The 11 Nov 1991 Var announced the picture’s reissue as a midnight show at the Waverly Theater in New York City.
       As noted in the 13 Aug 1969 Var, the soundtrack album was released on Smash Records.
       Various sources have identified Indio, CA, as the filming location.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Dec 1969
p. 6.
Daily Variety
7 Jun 1976
p. 16.
Los Angeles Times
13 May 1970
Section F, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
15 May 1970
Section F, p. 15.
New York Times
7 Jan 1971
p. 41.
Variety
13 Aug 1969
p. 44.
Variety
17 Sep 1969
p. 3.
Variety
24 Sep 1969
p. 8.
Variety
24 Dec 1969
p. 4.
Variety
13 Jan 1971
p. 8.
Variety
21 Jul 1971
p. 7.
Variety
11 Nov 1991
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Al Adamson Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
Prod cons
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Negative cutter
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Scr clerk
Asst to the prod
Tech adv
Stills
Key grip
Main titles
SOURCES
SONGS
"Satan," "Gotta Stop That Feeling," "I Like the Way You Work," "I'm on My Way Out," "Is It Better to Have Loved and Lost?" and "Baby How I Feel For You," music and lyrics by Harley Hatcher
performed by The Nightriders.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 September 1969
Premiere Information:
Detroit opening: 10 September 1969
Los Angeles opening: 13 May 1970
New York opening: 6 January 1971
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Duration(in mins):
86
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On the edge of the California desert, an outlaw gang of motorcyclists led by the psychopathic Anchor brutally assaults and murders two young lovers. Later, the gang barges into a remote cafe where Charles and Nora Baldwin, a vacationing policeman and his wife, are dining with Johnny Martin, a hitchhiking Vietnam veteran. When cafe owner Lew insults Anchor's girl friend, Gina, the cyclists knock out Johnny and kill Lew and the Baldwins. Johnny regains consciousness and utilizes his combat training by smashing a mirror in the face of one of the thugs and drowning another in a toilet bowl. Johnny and the cafe waitress, Tracy Stewart, then flee into the desert in the young girl's dune buggy. Forced to abandon the buggy because of a broken gas tank, they proceed on foot until they reach a small natural cave. Meanwhile, the cyclists encounter a group of college girls on a field trip and rape and then murder them after dropping LSD in their coffee. Gina destroys herself by driving her motorcycle over a cliff after Anchor informs her that he is looking for a new girl friend. Johnny manages to kill two other members of the gang and then mistakenly kills Firewater, Anchor's Indian friend who had become disgusted with the leader's lunacy and attempted to help the runaways. Anchor finally overtakes Johnny and Tracy as they are heading toward town, but as the deranged biker hurdles toward them on his cycle, Johnny stops Anchor by hurling a knife into his ... +


On the edge of the California desert, an outlaw gang of motorcyclists led by the psychopathic Anchor brutally assaults and murders two young lovers. Later, the gang barges into a remote cafe where Charles and Nora Baldwin, a vacationing policeman and his wife, are dining with Johnny Martin, a hitchhiking Vietnam veteran. When cafe owner Lew insults Anchor's girl friend, Gina, the cyclists knock out Johnny and kill Lew and the Baldwins. Johnny regains consciousness and utilizes his combat training by smashing a mirror in the face of one of the thugs and drowning another in a toilet bowl. Johnny and the cafe waitress, Tracy Stewart, then flee into the desert in the young girl's dune buggy. Forced to abandon the buggy because of a broken gas tank, they proceed on foot until they reach a small natural cave. Meanwhile, the cyclists encounter a group of college girls on a field trip and rape and then murder them after dropping LSD in their coffee. Gina destroys herself by driving her motorcycle over a cliff after Anchor informs her that he is looking for a new girl friend. Johnny manages to kill two other members of the gang and then mistakenly kills Firewater, Anchor's Indian friend who had become disgusted with the leader's lunacy and attempted to help the runaways. Anchor finally overtakes Johnny and Tracy as they are heading toward town, but as the deranged biker hurdles toward them on his cycle, Johnny stops Anchor by hurling a knife into his neck. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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