Written and directed by Rick Sloane, MIND, BODY & SOUL is a slow-moving and badly produced film about an innocent young woman who gets caught up in a satanic cult.
In the opening scene, Brenda Carter's (porn superstar turned legit actress Ginger Lynn Allen) boyfriend, Carl (Jesse Kaye), takes her to a satanic meeting just for the hell of it; it's about time she knew what some of his hobbies are--devil worship, human sacrifice and so on. Brenda quickly
becomes uncomfortable at the bizarre ceremony. And just as a woman is about to be murdered in a sadistic ritual, the cops raid the establishment. But somehow, all of the cult members manage to escape.
Brenda takes the police to Carl's apartment, but it has mysteriously burned down. Not believing her story about her boyfriend or her claim that she's not a cult member, the cops throw Brenda in jail. While incarcerated, attorney John Stockton (Wings Hauser) posts bail for Brenda and invites her to
stay at his place. With nowhere else to go, she warily takes him up on his generous offer. A few days later, Brenda's cellmate, Rachael (Tami Bakke), shows up at John's house--she's got no place to stay either.
After a mutilated female body turns up with a satanic symbol carved into its chest, Brenda feels it's her civic duty to discuss her brush with the Devil on the "Joan Lake Show," a local TV talk program. When the taping's finished, a stagehand, Shawn (Ken Hill), drives Brenda home. But en route to
John's house, one of the guards from the prison, who's also a cult member, tries to run them off the road. Fortunately, Brenda has Carl's satanic medallion with her. She stares at it, and before you can say "black magic," the guard's car runs off the road and he dies.
In the final scene, Brenda is nearly sacrificed during a satanic ritual, and it is revealed that John is the cult's leader. Shawn comes to her rescue, carrying with him Carl's magic medallion, which Brenda, once again summoning up her unexplained powers, uses to get free. As Shawn and Brenda make
their implausible escape, they watch the meeting house burn down.
Although it contains some graphic violence, MIND, BODY & SOUL fails to terrify because of the abrupt editing and one too many plot holes. Why, for instance, doesn't Brenda become suspicious when John tells her not to call the police? And why don't the cops put the meeting place under surveillance
once they've discovered where the cult gathers? But the film's most important flaw is scenes of violence against women which often incorporate sexual overtones. (Violence, partial nudity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: R
- Review: Written and directed by Rick Sloane, MIND, BODY & SOUL is a slow-moving and badly produced film about an innocent young woman who gets caught up in a satanic cult. In the opening scene, Brenda Carter's (porn superstar turned legit actress Ginger Lynn Alle… (more)