The Devil’s Messenger (1961)

The Devil's Messenger (1961) movie poster

director Herbert L. Strock
viewed: 06/26/2018

Extracted from the Swedish television series, 13 Demon Street, which was created by Curt Siodmak and starred Lon Chaney, Jr., The Devils Messenger comes as an anthology horror film of odd pedigree. A Swedish Twilight Zone prototype.

Chaney is Satan himself in the wrap-around, sending Satanya (Karen Kadler) back to Earth to bring back more of the wicked for eternal punishment.

Each of these stories play like little tales of misogyny.  It’s notable that even when women’s boobs were shaped like nosecones of airplanes, the Swedes were explicit about rape. Though men do seem to get punished for their evils, this doesn’t do the women any good?

The most interesting story is the middle one, in which a woman trapped in an ancient ice is released, though through the process mesmerizes one of the scientists behind the scheme.

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