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October 1970 (USA) See more »
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Supernatural Color by De Luxe See more »
Plot:
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. See more » | Full synopsis »
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THE EQUINOX…A JOURNEY INTO THE SUPERNATURAL (Dennis Muren and Marc McGee, 1967) **1/2 See more (73 total) »

Cast

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Edward Connell ... David Fielding
Barbara Hewitt ... Susan Turner

Frank Bonner ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forrest J Ackerman ... Doctor on tape recorder (voice) (uncredited)
Jim Danforth ... Extra (uncredited)
Jack H. Harris ... Detective Harrison (uncredited)
Chuck Niles ... Voice (uncredited)
R.J. Robertson ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Woods 
Mark Thomas McGee (co-director) (uncredited)
Dennis Muren (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Thomas McGee  story
Jack Woods 

Produced by
Jack H. Harris .... producer
Dennis Muren .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jaime Mendoza-Nava (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Mike Hoover 
 
Film Editing by
John Joyce 
 
Makeup Department
Robynne Hoover .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sam Altonian .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Bradley Lane .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
David Allen .... special photographic effects
Jim Danforth .... special photographic effects
Dennis Muren .... special photographic effects
Jim Danforth .... cel animator (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... special equipment (uncredited)
Ralph Rodine .... animation camera (uncredited)
David Stipes .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Begley Jr. .... assistant camera
Joel Chernoff .... gaffer
Ben Harwood Jr. .... grip
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor (as John Caper)
 
Other crew
Jill Murphy .... script supervisor
Bob Woods .... production assistant
Conrad Buff IV .... production staff (uncredited)
Bill Goodwin .... production staff (uncredited)
Alan Gould .... production staff (uncredited)
Chris Koppel .... production staff (uncredited)
Lin Kroll .... production staff (uncredited)
David Stipes .... production staff (uncredited)
Susan Turner .... production staff (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"The Beast" - USA (video title)
"The Equinox... A Journey Into the Supernatural" - USA (restored version)
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Runtime:
80 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Germany:16 | Norway:15 | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:X (1971) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating)

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Trivia:
Film debut of Frank Bonner (Herb from WKRP in Cincinnati).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the opening scene, the car coming down the road from the inside shows no driver, but from the outside you can clearly see that there is a driver in the car.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
David Fielding:Susan? Susan! Su - !
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Featured in Dennis Muren Interview (2006) (V)See more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
THE EQUINOX…A JOURNEY INTO THE SUPERNATURAL (Dennis Muren and Marc McGee, 1967) **1/2, 12 August 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

{This review includes comments on EQUINOX (Jack Woods, 1970) **1/2}

When this was first announced as a Criterion release, I was only vaguely familiar with it; I purchased the 2-Disc Set recently (as it was on sale) without really knowing what to expect; the result is certainly interesting – especially having two versions of the film to compare…even if it doesn't quite belong in the "Collection".

Originally made in 1967, THE EQUINOX…A JOURNEY INTO THE SUPERNATURAL is basically a 70-minute home movie – amateurish if clearly made by fanatics of the horror genre, talented enough to create their own monsters (which aren't too bad into the bargain)! When the film was eventually picked up for release by Jack H. Harris, he ordered several reshoots, changed the order of scenes around, tightened some others, replaced a lot of the dialogue, etc. – this didn't necessarily make for a better film (in fact, I think that the original is still the superior effort) but, at least, it now felt like a proper movie!

What the theatrical version did, primarily and ultimately to its detriment, was to eliminate a lot of the surprise which the original held – for instance, the figure of the demon towering over the hero at the very start of the 1967 version is missing from the theatrical-release print; similarly, we're shown the driverless car which mows him down prior to the accident. Also, the revelation that the demon is taking possession of the characters (having already established that this is what caused the Professor and the hero's blind date to go crazy momentarily in the re-edited version) takes away from the scene in which his best friend is likewise 'afflicted'; and, again, the impact of the twist ending is lessened when we already know that Susan is capable of evil.

The teenage leads are likable enough to overcome their essential inexperience; popular horror writer Fritz Leiber appears as the obsessive Professor who unwittingly unleashes the Forces of Darkness in the wilderness; in the 1967 version, we also get to hear the voice of horror/sci-fi authority Forrest J. Ackerman (who, then, appears on the DVD for a special introduction). The one major addition to the cast list for the 1970 version is, ironically, the character played by the re-shoots director himself – a creepy-looking Ranger with the equally strange name of Asmodeus (as it turns out, one of the devil's various monikers!). While he was, perhaps, intended to beef up the picture's scare factor (even attempting to rape the two girls), it's really a pointless role and basically represents a distraction from the central narrative (which deals naively with the eternal struggle between Good and Evil, as shown in an ancient tome kept by a crazy old man living inside a cave – and which involves much religious symbolism and an invisible barrier leading into the netherworld)!

Finally, we get to the special effects: they're very primitively done and a couple of the creatures (the squid and the giant native) aren't very effective but the ape-like monster and the demon are quite marvelously designed and one isn't overly bothered by the essential lack of refinement in the stop-motion animation involved. Unfortunately, the print utilized for the transfer of the 1967 version is very poor – with a number of shots being several generations removed from the already substandard master and lip-synch problems during a fair chunk of the duration (attributable certainly to its rarity, but which also adds to the inherent charm of its rough-and-ready quality)!

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