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Numerous men and women sell their souls to the devil in order to get laid. | Add synopsis »
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Rick Cassidy ... Jim (uncredited)
Justine D'Ore ... Girl with Diary (uncredited)
Adam Ward ... Lothar the Blacksmith/John (uncredited)


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Also Known As:
"Devil's Handmaiden" - USA (DVD title)
"Devil's Hanmaidens" - USA (soft porn version)
"Lucifer's Lust" - USA (racier version)
"Satan's Sex Slaves" - USA (DVD box title)
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Shoddy porn fantasy, misleadingly packaged, 18 March 2011
Author: lor_ from New York, New York

Back in the '90s during an inevitable (and quite lengthy) lull in his filmmaking career, Frank Henenlotter fronted the video release by Something Weird of many badly made sex films that contained horror or fantasy elements.

In the case of THE LUCIFERS, he carefully misleads the potential buyer/viewer in his back-of-the-video box notes by not mentioning that the splicey print used for video transfer is clearly heavily truncated and strictly softcore in content, not the promised hardcore XXX content. It's pure junk, and one can readily infer that the original film wasn't much better.

Trapped in this mess is a fairly good performance (non-sex) by an unidentified actor portraying the Devil. Caped and bearing a striking makeup job (his face vertically split, red on one side, white on the other, for impressive profile shots), the thesp does a decent job delivering his lines and acting creepy. Rest of the cast is terrible, strictly inhabiting the screen to deliver sex (in this case softcore).

Outdoor setting is a relief from the indoor-humping format of most porn quickies of the period, with the anonymous director making atmospheric use of a real-life arts & crafts fair as backdrop in guerrilla filming. I'm sure the extras milling around were not paid nor were they given release forms to sign.

Haphazard construction has the Devil arriving to claim the soul of an attractive young woman named Violet (portrayed by a non-actress who recites her lines either listlessly or contemptuously). Trick is that she made her pact with him in a previous life, shown in a brief flashback of her playing the harpsichord portraying Lady Gazamba, serviced by studly local blacksmith Lothar (played by the prolific if unappetizing early '70s porn stalwart Adam Ward).

Ward does triple duty here, popping up repeatedly as the Devil's favorite johnny-on-the-spot, literally named John in his other segments in the film. He's called upon to satisfy a bored housewife, who sells her soul simply to get some sexual variety beyond her dull (not shown) husband; and he pops up again to service Sherry, a girl whose husband has been away for four months, making her ultra-horny.

Main protagonist is Violet's current boy friend Jim, played by a buff Rick Cassidy who looks like he's either about to enter a Mr. Olympia contest to compete with Schwarzenegger, or is planning to revert to his Jim Cassidy persona in gay porn.

Oddly enough, Rick as Jim plays an impotent guy, who's granted Cialis (I know it wasn't invented yet) by the Devil as a swap for his soul. He services two young pot-head lesbians on a water bed, before returning to Violet for a truly idiotic ending.

Music track is ill-conceived, pirating Wes Montgomery's classic "Bumpin'" from his Verve LP by that name, as well as funky jazz keyboards, a version of Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" and classical music for the ancestral flashback.

The way the sex scenes, particularly Ward's, are photographed (we see evidence of dry humping, with no penetration occurring) implies this is a softcore movie, but perhaps it was shot hardcore and the short version on DVD-R is just the result of heavy editing. It belonged on one of SWV's "Double Softies" releases, not given the fake Henenlotter "promise 'em anything, give 'em zilch" treatment.

Adding to the insult is the oft-cited SWV claim that the movie boasts the beloved cast of SWINGING SORORITY GIRLS (Cindy Wilson, Susie Carlson, Flora McIntosh, Wendy Sanders) but that's wishful thinking, as usual.

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