Christened In Blood, Raised In Sin


Fresh from her career-resuscitating role as the Pentecostal mama from hell in Carrie, Piper Laurie played Ruby, a torch-singing gun moll embroiled in a gangster love triangle that leaves her man Mickey betrayed and iced…but as we all know, organized crime is an endless cycle of retribution…so Mickey’s ghost comes back years later to possess their daughter Leslie’s body (how’s that for creepy?) and before you can say “the power of Christ compels you!” all the people who did Mickey wrong (and who conveniently work at Ruby’s drive-in movie theatre) get offed in very creative ways. Janit Baldwin (the ill-fated little sister in Gator Bait and the psychopathic juvenile delinquent who breaks in Linda Blair with a broomhandle in Born Innocent) is amazing as the simpleminded, possessed Leslie. This film probably started off as a vague idea for an Exorcist knockoff, but in the hands of director Curtis Harrington (Night Tide, Queen Of Blood) it’s oh so much more…even when he was a hired gun, Harrington created unique, original and beautifully nightmarish films…



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