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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.


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


Mark Thomas McGee (based on story by), Jack Woods
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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


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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Did You Know?


The film's trailer is scored entirely by Dominic Frontiere cues first used in The Outer Limits: The Forms Of Things Unknown and used later in The Fugitive: The Judgement. See more »


David's shirt alternates between being buttoned and unbuttoned. His undershirt disappears and reappears. See more »


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

On the final blackout the words "THE END" appear and are then faded out to be replaced by a "?" See more »

Alternate Versions

The US two disc dvd set released by Criterion features the later version of the film Equinox, as well as the super rare 1967 version The Equinox: A Journey Into the Supernatural. In addition to this, the set also features another dvd full of extras See more »


Referenced in The Golden Child (1986) See more »

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The poetic and the demonic vs. 60's suburbia
16 January 2002 | by johnsabottaSee all my reviews

Yes, it's an amateur 16mm film with stop motion effects, yes it has bad acting and a thin plot - but the people around here who chortle at what a "bad movie" it is (and invoking the loathesome, vandalizing MST3K) are missing a lot. The film has it's own irrational beauty and eccentric charm, and anybody who can make allowances for it's material shortcomings should watch it .There's one moment - when the hapless, doomed teenagers wandering around in some Godforsaken California state park push through the underbrush and see, far away in the distance, a castle where no castle could possibly be - that's unnerving and surrealistically poetic at the same time. That the movie never quite lives up to the promise of this one shot is unfortunate, but no reason not to give EQUINOX (aka THE BEAST) it's due.

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Release Date:

October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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


Box Office


$6,500 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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