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Messiah of Evil (1973)

R | | Horror | 1973 (USA)
A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Greer ...
Thom
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Arletty (as Mariana Hill)
Joy Bang ...
Toni
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Laura
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Joseph Lang
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Charlie
Charles Dierkop ...
Gas Attendant
Bennie Robinson ...
Albino trucker
Morgan Fisher ...
Unknown
Emma Truckman ...
Unknown
Dyanne Asimow ...
Unknown (as Dyanne Simon)
Herb Margolis ...
Unknown
Alex Michaels ...
Unknown
Laurie Charlap-Hyman ...
Unknown
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A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult.

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In order to live, they will take you one by one ... and no one will hear you scream! See more »

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Dead People  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It has long been rumored that a subplot involving a connection between Thom and the Dark Stranger was cut from the film. Michael Greer (Thom) played the role of the Dark Stranger, there's a scene where Thom tells Arletty of dream he had similar to the legend of the Dark Stranger, and during an interview before the filming star Michael Greer said he would be playing the role of "the devil's son" in Messiah of Evil (Dead People). See more »

Goofs

When Arletty is tending to Thom towards the end of the film, Thom is on his back and has some blood on his face from his ear, which she wipes away. In the next shot, the blood is back. See more »

Quotes

Toni: Yuck! This stuff is shitty tasting!
Laura: You're not supposed to eat the fuzz.
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Hold On To Love
Music and Lyrics by Eliane Tortel
Sung by Raun MacKinnon
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Aesthetic and unique, in good ways
27 December 2004 | by (South Dakota, U.S.) – See all my reviews

Virtually all of the praise I've ever seen for this film comes with the word "but", followed by a list of flaws. This is undeserved. True, the film (in its DVD double-bill with The Devil's Nightmare form) has some minor editing issues; true, it has cheesy pop music you'd never find if you search for years (I personally consider this a GOOD thing); true, the film is not a fast paced zombie-action flick with grue and butchery (in fact, it's more cult than zombie film). BUT, what the movie does have going for it is an original edge and some sharp, moody scenes that are rare for the era. Some comments say it is slow ...my view is that the authors of such comments are simply more used to modern, faster-paced cinema. The scenes are aesthetically delightful but certainly not as artsy (negatively so) as some commentors claim (the artsy-ness doesn't really go beyond the story itself: DO NOT fear this is comparable to the so-called artsy-ness of, say, a Jess Franco film ...it is not). The actors have been attacked by other commentors, but this is one of the things I was more impressed with considering the seemingly meager budget. I thought the male lead did a much better job than, say, the female lead. The two girls who are traveling with the male lead are also surprisingly human and real for a film like this, and there is obviously some chemistry in the cast (but for the female lead: she's a bit too dreamy). The albino and the Richard Wagner music-scene felt out of place but perhaps worked with the disorientation of the film as a whole. In all, comparing this film to its genre and period, it really can't be dismissed. A little indecisive, but not nearly enough to detract from the bounty of great scenes and sensations.


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