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Messiah of Evil (1973)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  1973 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Greer ...
Thom
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Arletty (as Mariana Hill)
Joy Bang ...
Toni
Anitra Ford ...
Laura
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Joseph Long
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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 ...
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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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Terror reigns when he returns. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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As posted on her blog in 2011, actress Anitra Ford writes: "Shot in 1971, this movie was originally titled The Second Coming. Toward the end of the filming, investors pulled their money out, and the film was never finished. A Frenchman bought the unedited footage, edited it and released the movie under the title of Messiah of Evil. In 2003, in the horror film genre, The British Film Institute hailed Messiah of Evil as 'a rare work of cinematic genius.'" 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 »

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Arletty: [narrating] They're coming here. They're waiting at the edge of the city. They're peering around buildings at night, and they're waiting. They waiting for you! And they'll take you one by one and noone will hear you scream. Noone will hear you SCREAM!
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Music and Lyrics by Eliane Tortel
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Phantasmagoric nightmare.
29 October 2008 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

A young woman named Arletty moves back home to find out what happened to her estranged father an artist.However as she arrives in the California beach house she runs into some decidedly odd behavior.Her father is gone but the house is full of his paintings.She meets an aristocrat played by Michael Greer and his two sexy groupies when they are asked to leave town they remain staying at her father's house.Things get completely crazy as the moon turns red with the townspeople turning into flesh-eating ghouls and the dead coming back to life as the Messiah of Evil,a former minister turned cannibal and Satan worshipper rises from the darkness to claim the town.Rarely seen and rather unknown zombie flick with strange surreal atmosphere and some strikingly eerie moments.The whole movie is a flashback from a foregone conclusion.The film is highly influential:it somehow reminded me "Dawn of the Dead",Fulci's "City of the Living Dead" and "In the Mouth of Madness" several times.Check out this extremely effective mood piece.


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