BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE-DEVILS
Blood Orgy of the She-Devils is often spoken of by those in the know as the best, or at least the most professionally polished, of Ted Mikels films. Mikels was clearly influenced by the then recent success of Rosemarys Baby (1968) and the fascination with matters occult that came out of The Age of Aquarius. The film itself is poor and, more to the point, dull. It lacks any real plot. Mikels sets up some interesting dramatic possibilities at the start with witch Lila Zaborin being contacted by someone wanting her to magically assassinate a diplomat. This is an idea that seems full of possibilities but all that Mikels does is get the assassination quickly out of the way, then has the client turn on Zaborin and she take revenge on him, whereupon this entire subplot is over and done with only a third of the way into the film. The rest of the film consists either of Victor Izays professor sitting around lecturing or flashbacks to the acolytes past lives as witches to illuminate various points about witchcraft. Here Mikels seems to be wanting to conduct a dramatised documentary to show us how much research he has done on historical witchcraft. Eventually the professor and several colleagues come together to tackle Mara, focusing some flashing lights at the castle but this is a climax that has been contrived with little in the way of any dramatic interest upon Mikels part.
Mikels should at least get full marks for coming up with one of the most entertaining and eye-catchingly lurid exploitation titles ever conceived. Alas, it is a title that on almost every single count proves to be false advertising. When it comes to the blood, Mikels camera shies away at any depiction of gore; and in terms of the promised orgy, the film remains woefully chaste, getting no more sordid than the image of a group of women dancing in diaphanous purple lingerie. The scenes with Lila Zaborin channelling her spirit guides and then starting to speak in the voice of her guide using cod-American Indian phraseology squaws, papooses, tepees, big shiny birds proves unintentionally funny.
Ted V. Mikels other genre films include:- The Astro-Zombies (1968), The Corpse Grinders (1971), Dimensions in Fear (1998), The Corpse Grinders 2 (2000), Cauldron: Baptism of Blood (2004), Demon Haunt (2009), Mark of the Astro-Zombies (2010), Astro-Zombies M3: Cloned (2010) and Astro-Zombies M4: Invaders from Cyberspace (2012).
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