Last Bride of Salem (1974 film)

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Last Bride of Salem (1974), AKA ABC Afternoon Playbreak: 'The Last Bride of Salem'


A woman tries to protect her family from supernatural forces who are trying to take control.


  • Release Date: 1974
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror (Gothic horror), made-for-TV
  • Setting: 1970s Salem, Massachusetts USA
  • Runtime: 1 hr 25 min
  • Starring: Lois Nettleton, Bradford Dillman, Paul Harding
  • Director: Tom Donovan
  • Writer: Ken Johnson (creator), Justin Edgerton (creator)
  • Producer/Production Co: ABC, 20th Century Fox Television, R.L. Square
  • View Film: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (no rating) (perhaps equivalent to TV-PG)

Would have aired on 1970s daytime television and might easily have been considered a "G" rating.

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, mild Lovecraftian name-dropping)

Would never be mistaken for being overwhelmingly "Lovecraftian", but its eerie 1970s TV-friendly Gothic horror tale of witchcraft in Salem involving the Whateley and Marsh families pushes this film slightly closer to the territory than average for this sort of thing.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Review at The Bloody Pit of Horror (2.5/4 Stars), (link) - "...With a name like Salem Village, you may already know what to expect (if some Lovecraftian character names don't also clue you in).... Well acted by the leads and competently made and plotted within its low-budget limitations. The most fascinating thing about it though is that somehow this meager, completely unknown videotaped TV presentation seems to have influenced Stephen King in his writing of The Shining. The similarities are actually quite striking...."
  • Review by Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings, (link) - "On the plus side, the story manages to muster up a bit of atmosphere, and it manages to keep from going on too long. On the minus side, the story is quite predictable, right down to the final twist... a mixed bag."
  • Review by Amanda Reyes at Made-for-TV Mayhem, (link) - "Fairly traditional to the medium during this era, the SOV [Shot-on-Video] style really work as far as I'm concerned. Maybe it's because I've been heavily influenced by the look and approach of soaps, but there's something creepy and effective about straight faced video horror (at least from that period). It works here, because of that particular video polish and because of the strong acting, and just because it's an eerie story played out just right."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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When a young artistic family moves into a witch-house in Salem Village, things quickly take a turn for the worse when they meet the sinister Thomas Whateley, his mute and simple son Seth Whateley, witch Elsbeth March/Marsh, and cult leader "The Master" and his coven of followers; they are introduced to the story of a family curse involving a warlock who kills all but one family member of each generation to keep himself alive through the centuries, and members of the family begin acting strangely: the artist father begins acting as if he is possessed; the young daughter is having eerie nightmares about chanting cults, talks to an invisible "friend" named Abehu, and might be the next Bride of Satan; and the perky housewife may be the only one who can get to the bottom of the mystery.


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