Directors: Mark Burchett, Michael D. Fox
Cast: Paul Morris, Amber Newman, David A. Levy
Production Company: B+ Productions
Runtime: 99 minutes
Satanic Yuppies (1996) is a horror-comedy that was originally titled Evil Ambitions. The directors of this film also made Vamps (1995) and Blood Sisters: Vamps 2 (2002). Many members of the cast and crew worked on all three of these films.
In the movie, a seedy reporter (Paul Morris) discovers that the recent deaths of several young women are linked to a satanic cult. The leaders of the cult are young urban professionals who gain power by sacrificing the lives of the innocent.
The film has an amazing cast that will be easily recognized by horror fans. Debbie Rochon from Tromeo and Juliet (1996), Bill Heinzman from Night of the Living Dead (1968), and Glori-Anne Gilbert from Countess Dracula’s Orgy of Blood (2004) all make memorable appearances.
The reporter’s narration in the film is similar to that of a cheap detective from a film noir movie. The movie even has a femme fatale who is played by Amber Newman. The lighting in some scenes is also reminiscent of that particular genre of filmmaking.
The character of Pete McGavin was inspired by Darren McGavin, who played Carl Kolchak in The Night Stalker (1972). Both characters are reporters, often on the trail of a wild supernatural story that no one else would ever cover.
One of the strongest performances in the film comes from Randy Rupp. He’s very funny in the role of Satan, and delivers his lines perfectly. He’s very charismatic, and nearly steals the show. Rupp and Morris also appeared together in Bloodletting (1997).
The DVD from Tempe Entertainment has great extras that are worth checking out. There’s a newscast parody that fills in a few gaps, and explains what happened to the characters after the events of the movie. Another segment features interviews with all the cast members and the directors.
The movie doesn’t have a lot of gore, but there are a few bloody scenes. There is a lot of nudity, much of which was added later to spice things up. Rochon’s scenes and the devilish climax are probably the best moments in the film. Satanic Yuppies is definitely worth checking out.
– John Migliore
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