Saturday, 13 June 2015
Satan's Baby Doll [La Bimba di Satana] (1982, Mario Bianchi)
We begin the movie with the funeral of Maria Aguilar (Marina Hedman, Swedish star of such fleshly opuses as Erotic Flash, Aristocratica Perversa, The Beast in Space [op. cit.] and the wonderful sounding Orgasmo Non-Stop), and her inhumation in the vaults of the family castle. The Aguilars are certainly an interesting brood - the recently bereaved Antonio (Aldo Sambrell) is a psychotic drug fiend, his catatonic and wheelchair bound brother Ignazio (Alfonso Gaita) is faking it and spying on his nurse / nun Sol (Mariangela Giordano) as she slides out of her habit to indulge in periodic bouts of masturbation (oh, and i'm crying foul on a nun wearing stockings and suspenders under her habit: very nice, but a bit of verisimilitude amongst this lunacy would be nice!), and family retainer Isidro (Joe Davers) is sacrificing poultry and worshipping Satan in the family crypt.
Because why not?
The DVD from Shameless Entertainment contains the 'strongest possible legal version' of the film, meaning that some footage from the uncut alternate XXX rated version have been spliced in. And the shocking difference in film grain is marked: Sol's 'masturbating nun' sequence switches quality several times, and a lot of the scene is like watching an old Super-8 projection. Glaucoma inducing, but if that's the only way to watch such a charmingly sordid scene, then fair do's.
Anyone fancying a walk on the wilder side of B-grade horror could do worse than check it out. Not much worse, mind, but there we are. We take our kicks where we can get 'em.