Monday, April 12, 2010

Messiah Of Evil (1973) aka Dead People

4 / 5 Apr '10
Tagline: In order to live, they will take you one by one ... and no one will hear you scream!
Directed by: Willard Huyck
Written by: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz
Actors include: Michael Greer, Marianna Hill, Joy Bang
Genre: Horror
Length: 90 minutes
Banned: Nope

This is actually a really cool little film that seems to escape mention much of the time. There is currently a really nice edition released by Code Red, but unfortunately I have the cheapo version that is at least a full version but the print was pretty rough looking. The thing was, the sets in this were completely insane, the entire film felt extremely surreal and dreamlike...okay maybe more like nightmare. A pretty young Woman named Arletty goes to a small costal village called Point Dune to visit after receiving some strange letters from her Father. She gets there and the townspeople aren't quite right, one man even tells her to burn her Father if she finds him! Soon everywhere she goes she's seeing strange pale people devouring raw meat and very soon she knows she's in some royal trouble. This film isn't exactly spelled out and some things we absolutely never know but I think that makes it creepier in a way. That's why I was so depressed about the picture quality because I can tell restored it would be quite a visual masterpiece. Still as is it's an unusual and creative little zombie story with some haunting and memorable imagery, I'd definitely recommend it for those looking for something a little different.

Availability:  On DVD

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