SKU 306

SATANs BLOOD (Escalofrío) (1978) / THE 7th VICTIM (1943)

A pair of young marrieds gets caught up in the sexual gamesmanship and occult practices of a slightly older couple in this obscure Spanish horror film, which took full advantage of relaxed post-Franco censorship standards only two years after the generalissimo's death.  Andres (Angel Aranda) and his pregnant wife, Anna (Sandra Alberti), live in middle-class comfort in Madrid.  Out one afternoon for a walk with their beloved pooch, Blackie, they run into Bruno (Jose Guillen) and his wife, Berta (Marian Karr).  Bruno claims to be an old college chum of Andres, though Andres doesn't remember him.  Nonetheless, Andres and Anna agree to trek out to Bruno's countryside estate for a drink.  Soon, the two couples are engaging in satanic rituals, sweat-drenched wife-swapping, and all sorts of other unsavory activities.  The fun ends when Blackie turns up dead, but the unfortunate pooch is only the first of many corpses.  With its S rating (for sex) and an alternate opening sequence designed to justify its exploitation elements as cautionary, Satan's Blood earned quite an underground reputation before finding new life on home video and eventually DVD. The film's Spanish title is Escalofrío.  (106 minutes; in English.  Very good quality).
Mary, a young woman at Miss Highcliff's boarding school, finds out that her sister Jacqueline (Brooks), who is her only relative, has gone missing and has not paid her tuition in months.  The school officials tell her she can only stay on if she works for the school, to pay her tuition.  Mary decides to leave school and try to find her sister.  She returns to New York City, and finds that her sister had sold her cosmetics business eight months earlier.  She locates the apartment Jacqueline was renting, and finds the only things in the room are a chair and a noose hanging from the ceiling.  Knowing that her sister has never feared death only makes Mary more anxious and determined to find her.  Her investigation leads her to Jacqueline's secret husband Gregory Ward, a failed poet (Erford Gage), and a mysterious psychiatrist, Dr. Judd.   A private detective (Lou Lubin) helps her in her investigation, but is killed.  Dr. Judd helps her locate the sister, who turns out to be hiding from a Satanic Cult her co-workers were part of called the Palladists.    (71 minutes; in English.  Very good quality).

DVD-R IS approximately 177 minutes.  In English.  Very good quality.  Region Zero  (can be played on any DVD)