Lucifer’s Women (1974) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Lucifer’s Women (1974) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Paul Ararow & Al Adamson
Starring: Larry Hankin, Paul Thomas, Clair Dia
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

Acclaimed author, John Wainwright, has developed an interest in satanism and black magic. Hoping to manipulate him to suit his own perverse desire, Wainwright’s publisher, Sir Stephen convinces him to perform the ultimate black rite: a human sacrifice. Selecting a beautiful burlesque dancer to be their victim, Wainwright begins having doubts about his beliefs, as Sir Stephen becomes more and more preoccupied with the black arts, and murder…

Lucifer’s Women is a very interesting film to take a look at because it could give you a different opinion based off which version you watch. We have the front cover title Lucifer’s Women, which was the first version I watched and feels slower paced but also a bit more creepy in spots. The movie, in general, has some erotic tones and we see a lot of half-naked to naked women dancing around while our villain and his cult of sorts hatch a plan that will hit the high note at the film’s finale. Things happen, plans kind of change, and the results are a very slowed down and strange film. I don’t know if this would be a film or version of the film I’d find myself going back to down the road but it does have some weird and creepy stuff going for it. I just think it feels like it is dragging out a bit much in spots. But it is different strokes for different folks after all.

Speaking of which, Doctor Dracula is what the other version of this film on here is called. Not only does this version recut what we’ve just seen in the last version, but it also inserts a whole other vampire element to it and some new characters to boot. I don’t think I’ve seen a recut and re-edit of this level since I dived into Arrow’s Blood Bath release. I might actually prefer this version of this film over Lucifer’s Women, but I do like the more screen time the leading lady in the other version gets. That part of the movie feels a little lost in the cutting room here for Doctor Dracula. Regardless, the film looks a bit soft in spots due I’m sure to the lack of light in the scenes, but otherwise it is a Blu-ray worth getting to just see all of this weird recutting for yourself.

Extras

This special limited edition embossed slipcover (designed by Kevin Thomas) is limited to just 1,000 units

– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm negative elements
– Commentary track with Sam Sherman (producer of DOCTOR DRACULA)
– Video interview with Paul Thomas (actor)
– Original theatrical trailer for LUCIFER’S WOMEN
– Digital essay by Samm Deighan
– English SDH Subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 85%