Satan's Baby Doll

Satan's Baby Doll (Italian: La bimba di Satana) is a 1983 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bianchi.[1][2]

Satan's Baby Doll
Directed byMario Bianchi
Produced byGabriele Crisanti[1]
Screenplay byPiero Regnoli[1]
Story byGabriele Crisanti[1]
Starring
Music byNino Catanese[1]
Cinematography
  • Franco Villa
  • Angelo Iannutti[1]
Edited byCesare Bianchini[1]
Production
company
Filmarte[1]
Distributed byFilm 2
Release date
  • 25 February 1983 (1983-02-25) (Spain)
  • 29 July 1983 (1983-07-29) (Italy)
Running time
74 minutes[1]
CountryItaly

Plot

The daughter (Jacqueline Dupré) and wheelchair-bound brother of a dead aristocrat are placed in the care of an evil nun in a remote Spanish castle. The daughter embarks on a rampage of lust and murder after becoming possessed by the spirit of her dead mother.

Cast

  • Jacqueline Dupré as Miria Aguilar (as Jaqueline Dupré)
  • Mariangela Giordano as Sol (as Mariangela Giordan)
  • Aldo Sambrell as Antonio Aguilar (as Aldo Sanbrell)
  • Joe Davers as Isidro
  • Giancarlo Del Duca as Dr. Juan Suarez
  • Alfonso Gaita as Ignazio Aguilar
  • Marina Hedman as Maria Aguilar (credited as Marina Hedmann)

Production

For Satan's Baby Doll, Gabriele Crisanti and screenwriter Piero Regnoli opted to remake the film Malabimba – The Malicious Whore, which included casting Mariangela Giordano in basically the same role as she had.[1] Giordano spoke negatively on the role, stating that remaking Malabimba was "a stupid move. I felt used, abused and exploited."[1] It was the last film Giordano made with Crisanti, ending both their professional relationship and their personal one.[1] Unlike Cristanti's earlier films which were hybrids of sex and horror, the target for Satan's Baby Doll was for a hardcore pornography audience.[3] This included casting Italy's best known pornographic actress of the period Marina Hedman and Alfonso Gaita who was a regular in Italian hardcore pornography films of the period.[3] Jacqueline Dupré was a stagename of an actress who Mario Bianchi stated he couldn't remember her real name, but recalled that she lived in Ostia and that this was seemingly her only film.[4]

Filming began on August 17, 1981.[5] Aldo Sambrell was involved in a non-simulated sex scene with Hedman, and when finding out that Hedman was actually making out with him he stopped the shooting to contact Crisanti to state he could not work under these conditions.[3] Sambrell was replaced by Gaita for the explicit shots.[3]

Release

Satan's Baby Doll was submitted to the Italian rating board in June 1982 in a softcore version which had a running time of a little over 73 minutes.[5] The film was first released in Spain on 25 February 1983 in a softcore version titled La hija de Satanas.[1][5] The Spanish version was seen by 20,230 spectators and grossed a 2019 equivalent of 30,200 Euro.[6] It was distributed theatrically in Italy by Film 2 on 29 July 1983.[1] Although Bianchi and Cristanti had denied a hardcore version of the film had existed, a hardcore version of the film premiered on a German DVD in 2007.[5] The hardcore version runs at 88 minutes.[1]

See also

Footnotes

  1. Curti 2019, p. 111.
  2. Johnson, David. "Satan's Baby Doll". DVD Verdict. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. Curti 2019, p. 112.
  4. Ippoliti, Stefano; Norcini, Matteo (Summer 2004). "Mario Bianchi. Il mio cinema pizza e fichi". Cine 70 e dintorni. No. 5. p. 28.
  5. Curti 2019, p. 113.
  6. Curti 2019, p. 114.

Sources

  • Curti, Roberto (2019). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989. McFarland. ISBN 1476672431.


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