The original Satan's School for Girls stars scream queen Pamela Franklin (And Soon the Darkness , Legend of Hell House ) as Elizabeth Sayers, a young woman investigating the apparent suicide of her beloved sister Martha.
Then, late at night, when the power goes out, Dr. Clampett evacuates the campus save for Roberta and Elizabeth.
"I welcome what man rejects," he tells his would-be acolytes with open arms
The movie, released on DVD by an outfit called "Cheezy Movies," looks like a relic from another lifetime. The TV-movie is simple, straight-forward and even innocent in a weird sort of way by today's standards.
Yet some of the horror moments really do get the blood pumping. This is a major accomplishment, because it's clear the movie was made for next to nothing. There are no real visual or make-up effects to speak of, and almost the entire film takes place in just four of five interiors.
Yet it's amazing how many modern horror movies forget that it is the simple things that scare us the most. A basement in the dark. A storm at midnight. The intimation of the diabolical.
But more than that, if you let yourself buy into the premise of this 1973 made-for-TV movie, you might just get a good schooling in old-fashioned terror.