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Equinox (1970)

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.

Directors:

Jack Woods, Dennis Muren (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Mark Thomas McGee (based on story by), Jack Woods
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Deep within the woods and canyons of California, four teenagers happen upon an ancient book containing the secrets of a strange, malevolent world that coexists with that of mankind.

Directors: Dennis Muren, Mark Thomas McGee
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Connell Edward Connell ... David Fielding
Barbara Hewitt ... Susan Turner
Frank Bonner ... Jim Hudson (as Frank Boers Jr.)
Robin Christopher Robin Christopher ... Vicki
Jack Woods Jack Woods ... Asmodeus
James Phillips James Phillips ... Reporter Sloan (as Jim Phillips)
Fritz Leiber Jr. Fritz Leiber Jr. ... Dr. Arthur Waterman (as Fritz Leiber)
Patrick Burke Patrick Burke ... Branson
Jim Duron Jim Duron ... Orderly
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Storyline

Four teenagers go on a woods hike and encounter a creepy forest ranger and a crazy old man. The old man is a scientist who had found a mysterious book bound in human skin, the Necronomicon, and when he had read its cryptic symbols it conjured monsters into existence. The teenagers keep the book, and are then persued by monsters, a demonic cult, and the ranger. The ranger turns out to be a red flying devil in human disguise. Written by io

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Equinox... A Journey Into the Supernatural See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #338. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, before the main character is hit by the car (the one that supposedly has no driver), we can clearly see that someone is driving while the car approaches, but when we see the inside of the car, there's no one driving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
David Fielding: Susan? Susan! Su - !
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The original version of this film is entitled "The Equinox: A Journey Into the Supernatural" (1967) directed by Dennis Muren. This version used the same cast, but includes stop-motion animation not seen in the release version, a totally different storyline, doesn't include the character Asmodeus, has a completely different music score, differently filmed versions of scenes which were in the released film and other differences. Jack Woods is credited as writer and director of the 1970 release version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dead Don't Die (2019) See more »

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Low-Low budgeted film
9 September 2001 | by leevmlafn1See all my reviews

One thing the first reviewer got right is that this started out as a student project with some special effects by future Oscar-winner Dennis Muren. And the actor Ed Begley Jr was an assistant cameraman on this film.

Then Producer Jack H Harris, who, I believe worked with Kubrick on some films in the 50's, saw the film, bought the rights and had extra footage shot to bring it up to feature length.

And the first reviewer asks how this got a video release. Heck I saw it in a THEATER when it first came out, long before there was anything called home video.

If you have nothing better to do for about 85 mins, grab some pizza and beer or soda and sit and watch this. It even stars the late, legendary author Fritz Leiber in a small role. Leiber is the author of many sci-fi books and the creator of Fafhard and the Grey Mouser, a pair of Sword and Sorcery characters.


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