After her death, Maria's body is kept in a crypt below the castle of the Aguilars while her daughter, husband, his brother and their caretaker, Sol, continue on with their lives. An unseen evil makes its presence known within the castle walls and threatens to tear the family apart with lust and madness. Is it Maria? Has she returned from the grave? Or is it the devil himself?
"Satan's Baby Doll" is another movie from screen writer Piero Regnoli that blurs the line between horror and erotica. Much like "Malabimba" (aka "Malabimba the Malicious Whore"), "Satan's Baby Doll" focuses on a small family that's isolated in a castle and is being terrorized by an evil force. In terms of characters; it features the virginal young daughter/niece (again, the one who is targeted by the evil), the pure, but still sexy, nun (once again being played by Mariangela Giordano), while the rest are the sleazy archetypes who let their true nature come out when evil is abound.
Actually, "Satan's Baby Doll" follows the beats of "Malabimba" to a point that you could consider it a remake or a sequel, even though its technically not. Both movies focus on the evil corrupting the members of the household even though they don't need much persuasion to act upon their decadent desires. "Satan's Baby Doll" is a little less interesting because there are less characters: it features the daughter Miria who spends most of her time walking around naked, the nun Sol who tries to keep everyone under control. And of course, there is the father figure Antonio, the head of the household and the sleaziest one of all. Then there's Ignazio, Antonio's brother, is around as well but he's a mute paraplegic so most of his scenes are just of him sitting around and blinking. There are two additional characters, Isidoror (the grounds keeper) and Dr. Juan Saurez, who are little more than the "red shirts" of the movie. Finally, the thought to be deceased Maria, returns (Or is it Satan?!) to push the other characters along to their breaking points of lust and madness.
The characters are basic and there being so few limits to how far and how much occurs, which is often nothing but Miria being "weird" and Antonio hiding bodies. The actual story in "Satan's Baby Doll", I would say, is much better in comparison to "Malabimba" because there is an actual bit of cleverness to the supernatural on goings. The movie is actually explained within the first few minutes of the movie but it isn't until the end that it all finally clicks together. It certainly won't blow your mind but it helps make it feel a little less senseless, even though it still is.
I was looking forward to "Satan's Baby Doll" but I overall I was rather bored with the movie. It was nothing but another sexploitation movie where a house hold of degenerate types are brought crumbling down due to an unseen force and their own desires. It's not a bad movie - rather, it's uneventful. There's not much in the way of erotica either (beyond simple nudity), when compared to other movies of a similar nature. This review is actually based on the XXX version, which, to my surprise, contained very little in the way of hardcore action. To be specific: only a single scene of fellatio and intercourse occurs at the end of the movie. It's one of those movies where the porn inserts actually don't change the movie any, and you wouldn't be missing out on anything either if you were to purchase one of the many standard releases. Because I was fairly bored with "Satan's Baby Doll" I can't recommend it BUT if you enjoyed "Malabimba" or Rollin-esque erotic-horror movies then you will most likely enjoy this one too.