Gerard Damiano was responsible for a couple of the more infamous porn films of the seventies, Deep Throat and the Devil in Miss Jones. Legacy of Satan, I understand, was shot with hardcore scenes, which were then edited out by the distributor. According to one IMDb pundit (jaibo) it played in a double bill with Andy Milligan’s blood - and I can’t begin to imagine how disturbing that might have proved to the casual cinema-goer.
Cut to the aftermath of a dinner party and Maya (Lisa Christian) is bringing drinks through to her husband George (Paul Barry) and his friend Arthur (James Procter). By the sounds of things Arthur, who is an architect, has up’d and left his job – but hasn’t really given reasons why. He asks George if he believes in God and after George has had an outburst about this Maya hits her husband with the line “George, don’t be so obstinate”. Arthur then suggests if there is a God there must be the equal and opposite, the devil. George exclaims again and Maya retorts, “George, don’t be so obstinate”. Yes the dialogue just flows like a dammed up river, but never-mind, as Lisa Christian and her fellow thespians deliver like they are in a school play anyway.
|Arthur and the Blond Blood-farm|
|George weilds the mighty sword|
|for Gawd's sake don't scratch|
This is bad… it really is, bad acting, bad dialogue and really bad soundtrack. The editing is poor but one wonders whether that was down to the distributors expunging the hardcore scenes. It does, however, have a peculiar psychedelic aspect that makes it (slightly) compelling. The prancing through the house by Maya and the bleeding painting are strangely fun moments – even more odd as Lisa Christian’s performance is particularly poor. To see it on the big screen together with Milligan’s Blood would have been a strange old day out, that's something I can safely say. 2 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.