The Killing of Satan – Philippines, 1983 – reviews

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The Killing of Satan – original title: Lumaban ka, Satanas – is a 1983 Filipino fantasy horror feature film directed by Efren C. Pinon from a screenplay by Joe Mari Avellana. The movie stars Ramon Revilla, Elizabeth Oropesa and George Estregan.

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A man  is chosen by his dead uncle to battle the forces of evil. He fights a being called “The Prince of Magic,” who shoots rays from his hands, makes heads spin around and hypnotises people. He finally faces Satan himself and engages him in a battle of magic…


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” …you just need to be that special kind of viewer who likes to sit back and laugh at cut-rate production values, awful dialogue, lame special effects and bad acting. If that’s what you like, you’ll probably love what this one delivers.”

“Made in the Philippines and barely dubbed into English (one guy has a southern drawl?!), it’s a cool, funny, good v evil, low budget face-off with squibs, candles, magic sounds, wife punching, naked gals (in a cage), snake knotting, wrestling, blood, brief chunky gore and a character called ‘Uncle Ben'”

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“The coolest thing with The Killing of Satan is the poster. It’s too cool. A perfect example how to make a cheap exploitation movie interesting. But the nicest thing with this movie is that it’s quite good. It’s wacko of course, not to mention weird and naive. But it’s one hell of a ride.” Ninja Dixon


“The religious aspects were a strange interpretation of Catholicism mixed with more mystical elements, though that didn’t quite explain the sight of, say, a bloke throwing himself under a huge boulder to stop it only to be crushed flat as if in a cartoon, his head unharmed and ranting. The magic powers in evidence were created with rays added in post-production for the most part, ludicrously cheap…”  Graeme Clarke, The Spinning Image



Cast and characters:

  • Ramon Revilla … Lando San Miguel
  • Elizabeth Oropesa … Lagring San Miguel
  • George Estregan … Enchong
  • Paquito Diaz … Pito
  • Cecille Castillo … Luisa
  • Charlie Davao … Satan

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