Four friends are attacked by a demon while on a picnic, due to possession of a tome of mystic information. Told in flashbacks by the sole survivor.

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Edward Connell ...
David Fielding
Barbara Hewitt ...
Susan Turner
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Jim Hudson (as Frank Boers Jr.)
Robin Christopher ...
Vicki
Jack Woods ...
Asmodeus
James Phillips ...
Reporter Sloan (as Jim Phillips)
Fritz Leiber Jr. ...
Dr. Arthur Waterman (as Fritz Leiber)
Patrick Burke ...
Branson
Jim Duron ...
Orderly
Sharon Gray
Louis Clayton
Norvelle Brooks
Irving L. Lichtenstein
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Four friends are attacked by a demon while on a picnic, due to possession of a tome of mystic information. Told in flashbacks by the sole survivor. Written by Todd Schoonover

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Originally a student film project by Dennis Muren. See more »

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Support wires are visible on the Taurus figure and rocks during the rock-throwing sequence. See more »

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David Fielding: Susan? Susan! Su - !
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Over close ups of time piece mechanisms clicking along the credits run from the producer all the way down to Ed Begley Jr (!!) as a camera assistant. Finally, after they have all run through, the title card "EQUINOX" appears thus reversing the normal sequence. See more »

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Fun so-bad-it's-good romp.
1 July 2012 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Four friends, David, Vicki, Jim and Susan, head out into the woods to visit David's professor, Dr. Waterman. They find Waterman'home destroyed, the professor missing, and a mysterious book. It soon becomes apparent that in meddling with the book, Waterman accidentally opened a portal to another, hellish dimension, and now the demon Asmodeus (posing as a park ranger) wants to acquire the powerful book. The four friends must fight against a variety of ghoulish monsters sent after them by Asmodeus, and eventually Asmodeus himself, in order to make it back to civilization alive.

Often considered one of the best-worst movies of all time, Equinox was a student film made by a young Dennis Muren which producer Jack Woods picked up for cinematic distribution, casting himself as Asmodeus and shooting some new scenes. On the one hand, this seems like a strange movie for Criterion to release, especially in a two-disc set, however despite its ineptitude it features some charming stop-motion animation for the various monsters (and some impressive forced-perspective shots to turn an ordinary stuntman into a blue-skinned giant) and it's also certainly worthy of being preserved if only because Dennis Muren and his friends had such a piddly budget to work with that it' a miracle they even had a completed (albeit rough) film, even before Jack Woods came along.


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