Satan Was a Lady (1978)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Satan Was A Lady was prolific cult filmmaker Doris Wishman's first feature film in nearly twenty years. The colorful feature is packed with vivid tones, excessive striptease sequences and plenty of the director's trademarks; hand-held camera photography, extraneous shots of mundane items in the rooms that the characters inhabit and a bizarre focus on feet. The film is far more polished than most of Wishman's earlier works, but this fact in itself calls attention to her more idiosyncratic stylings and as a result their occasional inclusion feels forced, as if existing primarily to mark the picture as her own. This speculation aside, Satan Was A Lady certainly delivers the classic exploitation themes that Wishman has built her canon on, even if the film will appeal only to those wishing to celebrate the director's body of work. The highlight of this picture is easily Glyn Styler, a New Orleans based singer/songwriter who appears as a loathsome beatnik and performs a number of excellent dark, foreboding jazz inflected ballads that add an appropriately seedy atmosphere to the proceedings.