NEW MEXICO: The Brotherhood of Satan (archival 35mm print!)

“Mayberry meets Mephistopheles.” — DVD Talk

The early-’70s were a juicy heyday for spreading the word of the dark arts in popular culture — and sandwiched in-between the two foundational pillars of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist is this minor genre classic, one which never fails to amaze first-time viewers. The brainchild of veteran character actor L.Q. Jones (who would later go on to helm A Boy And His Dog), The Brotherhood of Satan is a swift, moody, intense dose of Satanic mayhem, featuring a gaggle of occultist octogenarians that kidnap a small town’s children, so that they may work a little soul transference mojo and put their withered essences into the youthful vessels. Director Bernard McEveety here transcends the confines of the old-school episodic TV trap that defined most of his career (The Incredible Hulk, The Waltons and the like), to produce a throat-clenching, Americanized version of Polanskian mood and dread that’s both great fun and genuinely freakish to witness.
Dir. Bernard McEveety, 1971, 35mm, 92 min. (Archival print courtesy of Sony Pictures Repertory)

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