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Doctor Satan is a fictional character created by Rob Zombie. He was portrayed by Walter Phelan in House of 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects''.Dr. Satan is one of the most enigmatic characters in the two films. The sinister physician's history has been told different ways by different people so many times that no one knows who he truly is.
History In the beginning of House of 1000 Corpses, Captain Spaulding tells a group of teenagers the story of Dr. Satan. He explains that Dr. Satan was a murderer, torturer and master surgeon by the name of S. Quentin Quale. Quale was an intern at Willows County Mental Hospital where he performed forbidden brain surgery on mental patients in order to create a race of 'super humans'. Quale was discovered and ended up hanged by an angry mob. The following day his body had vanished. No trace of Dr. Satan was ever discovered.In Otis B. Driftwood's bio on The Devils Rejects' official site, a different tale is told. Here we find that Baby and he were drawn into a cult led by Dr. Satan. Otis and Baby were expelled by the leader of this cult after they murdered one of the cults leaders with an axe following a dispute over a bottle of whiskey.
House of 1000 Corpses In the first film, House of 1000 Corpses, Captain Spaulding's myth about Dr. Satan led the teenagers to seek out the place of his hanging. This led them to meet up with the murderous Firefly family.In the climax of the film, the two remaining teenagers are led into catacombs hidden beneath the ground near the Firefly house, where they encounter Dr. Satan himself, his surgically altered 'superhumans' and a hulking axe-wielding figure called the Professor.
Considering the conclusion's incongruity, some fans, and even Rob Zombie himself, have suggested that the whole thing was hallucinated by the last surviving teens.In an early cut of the film, Grandpa Hugo was revealed to be Dr. Satan. Supposedly, the whole legend of Dr. Satan was a ruse concocted by the Firefly family to attract more victims, and Grandpa Hugo played the role of the sinister physician. Zombie later scrapped this idea, saying it would be too anticlimactic, and rather had the real Dr. Satan show up in the film's climax instead.
The Devil's Rejects Dr. Satan did not appear in the sequel. Rob Zombie said he felt uncomfortable having him in the film, saying that the character would seem too out of place given the drastically different tone of the two movies. However Dr. Satan did appear in deleted scenes. According to Rob Zombie's commentary on the DVD, he was wounded in the opening shootout and was taken away to a hospital. (Doctor Satan is apparently in the ambulance during the opening scenes.) A nurse (played by Rosario Dawson) checks the doctor, now in a coma, when suddenly he awakes, grabs her throat and brutally tears it open before collapsing back onto the bed and possibly dying.
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto The plot of Rob Zombie's new animated film, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, has the eponymous masked wrestler going toe-to-toe with a character called Dr. Satan. He is set to be played by Paul Giamatti. So far it appears that the name is the only connection.
Appearance His physical appearance, and Otis' reference to him as "the old bastard", suggest that Dr. Satan is an old man. He wears an oxygen apparatus, and mechanical arm contraptions possibly sustaining or supporting his arms for his medical procedures. His mouth is also stitched up, and his speech is barely comprehensible, as noted in deleted scenes of The Devils Rejects. His appearance is also altered in the "old footage" shown during the Murder Ride, where we see him operating on a helpless mentally ill patient shown in black and white. As he wears a scientist/doctor outfit, a mask (strongly resembling an executioners mask), and a light on his head that a 19th or early 20th century doctor might have worn. According to Rob Zombie, this was because during early cuts of the film Doctor Satan was merely a front for the Firefly family (Grandpa Hugo, as stated before, pretended to be him at times) and that he never truly existed in the first place. In fact, the person playing Dr. Satan in the flashback scenes is Dennis Fimple, who played Grandpa Hugo.
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