Video Rewind: Satan's Playground
So Halloween's closing in on us soon which means everyone will be looking for a good scary movie. If you happen to see Satan's Playground on the video shelf of your favorite rental house it's best to keep on browsing.
Here's the plot in a nutshell: a family's on their way for a vacation, car breaks down and one by one they head toward a house to use the phone. No one comes back to the car so if you were in their shoes, don't you think you'd stay where you were?
Based on the legend of The Jersey Devil, which is said to haunt the New Jersey Pinelands region, writer/director Dante Tomaselli's film stars Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp); Ellen Sandweiss (Evil Dead) and Edwin Neal (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) but the real stars of the movie with by far the best performances are Danny Lopes who plays Rose's 18 year old autistic child and Christie Sanford as Judy.
While they don't have many lines Lopes' performance physically is excellent, but based on the screenplay he too is in trouble when he leaves the paneled station wagon. Sanford as the deaf and dumb Judy Leeds adds a creepy effect to the already creepy Leeds house.
Once the characters arrive at the house of Mrs. Leeds (Irma St. Paule) they're tortured somehow allowing for the next character to arrive wanting to use the phone. Mrs. Leeds is a palm reader and is always asking if they want their palms read while trying to come off as a "sweet old lady."
To reveal the last act of the movie would be giving away too much as to who survives (if there really are any survivors).
Throughout the movie when Rose and Sandweiss are crying the two, as I'd like to call them, look like raccoon sisters since the mascara is running down their faces. I did switch it over to Tomaselli's comments and he said the characters would have looked like this in the early '80's with the big hair and mascara so popular at that time in history. I just thought it was a New Jersey thing.
As the tagline says: Enter if you dare and I'm disappointed that I did.