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Grimmfest 2019 Film Feature - Satanic Panic

Runtime: 86 mins

Grimmfest Feature by: Darren Tilby



Synopsis: When a pizza delivery girl’s final order of the night turns out to be for a blood-hungry group of Satanists thirsting for a sacrifice, all hell breaks loose… literally.

Grimmfest say: Fast-paced and flamboyantly twisted, Chelsea Stardust’s debut feature, and the latest merciless release from the Fangoria stable, proves to be just as much nasty fun as last year’s PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, though perhaps (a little) less confrontational in its relentless outrageousness. Taking as its jumping off point that most 80s of phenomena, the “Satanic Panic” of the title, the film spins a retro-styled shout-out to the surreal splatter-satire of SOCIETY,  doubling down on the notion that the upper classes are Not Like Us – a notion that seems to gather increasing currency with every passing year. Boasting a razor-sharp script from top horror scribes Grady Hendrix and Ted Geoghegan (writer-director of Grimmfest favourites WE ARE STILL HERE and MOHAWK), and featuring an all star cult cast, this is one high society gathering you’ll want to attend. Just be careful who you get talking to…

What I'm Expecting: Let’s all begin by showing our appreciation for just how marvellous a title Satanic Panic is. For me, the title suggests the film may have a more tongue-in-cheek approach: bloody and nasty but with enough 1980’s camp to offset some of the more violent scenes. The film that immediately came to my mind was Netflix’s surprisingly entertaining The Babysitter. It’d be great to see a movie with that kind of sensibility, laden with horrific and over-the-top practical effects — a real 1980’s horror throwback.



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