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Seduction Cinema presents
Satan's School for Lust (2001)

Miss Beezle: What is that?
Primula: It's my Bible!
Miss Beezle: We do not allow such things at our school!

- Barbara Joyce, Misty Mundae

Review By: Rich Rosell   
Published: April 17, 2003

Stars: Misty Mundae, Barbara Joyce, Darian Caine
Other Stars: Kelli Summers, Cherry Moonshine, Terry M. West, Ruby LaRocca
Director: Terry M. West

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (nudity, strong sexual content and scenes of horror)
Run Time: 01h:04m:08s
Release Date: December 31, 2002
UPC: 612385524394
Genre: late night


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B- C+B-B- B+

DVD Review

When it comes to soft-core lesbian entertainment, there are few studios as proudly prolific as the folks at Seduction Cinema, those purveyors of such lusty woman-on-woman classics as Play-Mate of the Apes, Mummy's Kiss and Mummy Raider. These are niche films to be sure, and generally feature a recurring stable of familiar names, usually led by Misty Mundae and Darian Caine, involved in a loosely structured "plot" that exists primarily to connect a series of erotically-charged encounters.

With Satan's School for Lust, veteran Seduction writer/director Terry M. West does a kinky variation on the satanic girls' school genre, and he works the concept pretty hard by mixing comedy, horror and grinding sexuality together into one big pile. Misty Mundae, all gloriously wide-eyed and innocent, is angelic waif Primula Cooper, who is sent to the ominous Diablo School for Girls by her father. The school is run by domineering head mistress Miss Beezle (Barbara Joyce), who is never without her precious riding crop (better to spank with, my dear). Primula is paired up with a creepy goth roommate named Phoenix (Ruby LaRocca), and as they get to know each other we learn that intrepid newspaper reporter Linda (Kelli Summers) is investigating a series of mysterious disappearances that have taken place at Diablo.

Plot and narrative are never generally strong suits of a Seduction title, though West does a adequate job here of actually presenting a B-grade horror-worthy storyline mixed with copious sexuality, something that Donald F. Glut was able to do even more succinctly with The Mummy's Kiss. Still, with Satan's School for Lust, we get plenty of mumblings about an "ancient duty", and there are quite a few scenes of nude women trussed and bound that would make legitimate genre auteurs like Jess Franco flush with envy. West even has Mundae submit to having a crucifix used on her south of the border by sexy Satan (Darian Caine) TWICE—had this been done in more mainstream horror it would have likely had conservative religious groups literally exploding in blind rage.

Mundae, with her long, straight hair, has that naïve ingenue look that works particularly well in Satan's School for Lust, where she even sports a schoolgirl outfit (at least on the cover art); she looks so young at times she could easily play a believable seventeen-year-old if she had to, and it's that fresh-scrubbed wholesomeness that makes Mundae such a standout in what is otherwise a film filled with saline-enhanced actresses. Her character of Primula is miles away from her Lara Croft-inspired role in Mummy Raider, which for pure, overall nuttiness is still her Seduction highpoint, and while her acting is not exactly Streep-worthy, it exceeds the stiff line readings of Kelli Summers. Ditto for Barbara Joyce, who seems to know that this ain't Shakespeare, and she neatly wrings every bit of over-the-top campiness from her dialogue as the demonic head mistress.

If you've ever seen any of the other Seduction titles, you won't find things too different here, except for perhaps a slightly more developed storyline. If you're unfamiliar with the works of Mundae, Caine or LaRocca, Satan's School for Lust isn't a bad place to start if you're looking for a film full of attractive nude women, though as a purist I would recommend Mummy Raider as the definitive genre primer.

Rating for Style: B-
Rating for Substance: C+

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Rationo
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: Like just about all of the Seduction titles, this one comes to us in 1.33:1 full-frame, and like the others has a consistent home-video looking quality to it. Even as such, colors look quite good, and reveal a full canvas of nicely rendered fleshtones. Lighting is too harsh in some scenes, and a little too soft in others, but overall the transfer is suitable to the material.

Image Transfer Grade: B-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: The audio track consists of a generic 2.0 stereo track, which does a fine job conveying the appropriately uttered moans and coos of pleasure from Mundae, LaRocca, etc. Dialogue is clear, though it was apparent that some conversations in some scenes were edited together, as there is a noticeable variance in the audio levels.

Audio Transfer Grade: B-

 

Disc Extras

Static menu with music
Scene Access with 12 cues and remote access
22 Other Trailer(s) featuring Demoness, Cremains, The Night Divides The Day, Demon Lust, Santa Claws, VAMPS, Possession of Nurse Sherri, Rock and Roll Frankenstein, Mummy Raider, TITanic 2000, Gladiator Eroticus, Sexy 6th Sense, Roxanna, Lustful Addiction, Female Animal, Master's Plaything, Inga, Seduction of Inga, Play-Mate of the Apes, Witchbabe: Erotic Witch III, Erotic Witch II
2 Deleted Scenes
Production Notes
1 Documentaries
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. Blood For The Muse
Extras Review: You really can't accuse Seduction of ever skimping on extras, and Satan's School for Lust is no exception. Just to steam things up a bit more, there are two deleted scenes (03m:27s and :52s, respectively). The first one, the longer of the two, is a variation of what Terry M. West used for the opening sequence, and features some sweaty male/female groping (something of a rarity for Seduction). The second scene is a stylized, albeit brief, soft-core coupling between Ruby LaRocca and Misty Mundae. The Behind the Scenes feature (15m:30s) is Seduction's typical collection of random, narration-free production footage, peppered with occasional comments from West, Mundae, Caine and Joyce. These segments are really just excuses for more wanton nudity, and that's happily what we get here.

The jewel in the supplements is a real surprise: the inclusion of Terry M. West's full-length horror film Blood for the Muse (01h:07m:51s), which was made in 2001. It's is a low-budget (emphasis on "low") black & white shocker, presented in nonanamorphic 2:35:1 widescreen, about Josh (Josh Robinson), a disenfranchised video store clerk who is a self-professed "dark, desperate soul"; to live out a secret longing, Josh takes to murdering prostitutes in order to answer the haunting song of a mysterious (and evil) muse. West's film is a far cry from the usual Seduction fare, and though it does feature a marvelous striptease sequence by Tammy Parks, Blood for the Muse would be more accurately filed under the demented-killer genre. The creepy music, gritty visual style and dark chunks of dialogue in this one made me think that maybe West missed his true calling as a filmmaker. Good stuff, indeed!

Rounding things out is a skin-filled set of 22 Seduction-related trailers, as well as a six-page color booklet, chock-full of interesting tidbits and (surprise!) more nudity.

Both films (Satan's School for Lust and Blood for the Muse) are cut into 12 chapters each, and do not feature any subtitles.

Extras Grade: B+

 

Final Comments

The disc packaging is getting better and better from Seduction, and the inclusion of Terry M. West's full-length indie feature Blood for the Muse on this disc is a great plus, and is almost more entertaining than Satan's School for Girls. But what makes this a lot of mindless fun is Barbara Joyce's spank-crazy headmistress and the doe-eyed sexiness of genre fave Misty Mundae.

Recommended for all the Misty Mundae-heads out there. Say it loud and say it proud.

 


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