Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bell Bottoms, Book and Candle, or Thoughts on Satan’s School For Girls

In addition to being one of the greatest titles in TV movie history, Satan’s School For Girls (1973) was produced by Aaron Spelling, the legendary producer of classic American shows including The Love Boat, Charlie’s Angels and Beverly Hills, 90210.  Pamela Franklin, who made her film debut as Flora in The Innocents (1961) and went on to portray Florence Tanner in The Legend of Hell House (1973) stars as Elizabeth, a 70’s coed who goes undercover at The Salem Academy for Women to investigate her sister’s suicide and uncovers a cult.
A gothic TV murder mystery complete with dark and stormy nights, secret passages and sinister professors, the movie feels like a lost Charlie’s Angels episode, which seems appropriate as it also stars Kate Jackson, (Sabrina from Charlie’s Angels) as Roberta and Cheryl Ladd, (Kris from Charlie’s Angels, Season 2) as Jody, two students who help Elizabeth.
Written by Arthur A. Ross from TheCreature of The Black Lagoon (1954), the movie employed supernatural and horror conventions to build mood while remaining essentially grounded in a 70’s realism.  An audience comes into a movie entitled Satan’s School for Girls with a set of expectations, and despite the ominous paintings and heavy-handed rats in a maze metaphors, the film is most remembered for breakaway star Kate Jackson who dominates, every scene she’s in.
Aaron Spelling revisited the movie with a 2000 remake featuring Shannon Doherty, with Kate Jackson as the new dean.



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