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Moonchild (1974)

R | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | May 1974 (USA)
A young artists spends the night at a mysterious inn, where he meets a group of strange, sullen people, among them the innkeeper's beautiful daughter. What he doesn't know is that he has ... See full summary »


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Based in the dazzling world of Los Angeles of the late 1960's, MOONCHILD is the true story of single mother Linda Kasabian, a broken dreamer whose quest for freedom and truth leads her to ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Nispel


Cast overview:
Victor Buono ... Maitre D'
John Carradine ... Mr. Walker
William Challee ... Alchemist
Janet Landgard ... Girl
Pat Renella Pat Renella ... Manager
Mark Travis Mark Travis ... Student
Frank Corsentino ... Homunculus
Marie Denn Marie Denn ... Maid
Jack H. Conrad Jack H. Conrad ... Driver
Robert Randles ... Heretic
Andrew Chiaramonte ... Red Monk
George Parrish George Parrish ... Purple Monk


A young artists spends the night at a mysterious inn, where he meets a group of strange, sullen people, among them the innkeeper's beautiful daughter. What he doesn't know is that he has wandered into a kind of spiritual void, and the inn's residents are engaging in a battle over his soul. Written by Anonymous

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Racing towards his final exorcism!


Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Full Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Riverside, California, USA

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Filmmakers Ltd. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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An abstruse metaphysical intellection, more bewildering than entertaining.
18 September 2005 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

I sat through this preponderant ayahuasca head-trip twice, and I'm still rather unresolved with my feelings about it. The story, while not at all uninteresting, is extremely vague(and probably deliberately so). As I see it, a deceased killer's soul is forever damned to seek lodging in an incommunicado mission-style villa, tenanted by an odd assemblage of necromantic characters. It's a bizarre Hell in which he's forever bound to perpetually relive one brief sequence from his mortal existence.

I personally found the quizzical exposition of MOONCHILD intriguing, though these fustian art-house ambitions result in a drastically muddled narrative and exegesis. The film is further injured by lengthy torpid stretches, and a passively limned central character who's overshadowed effortlessly by the veteran support players.

I appreciate the creative vitality which fuels experimental cinema, and I did find a unique polestar to this project. One chief debilitation, however, is the dizzyingly inchoate illustration of an umbilical concept that's already quite abstract. This eccentric stagecrafting gives rise to a vaporous psychedelic quality which might appeal to the cannabis clique...a rank-and-file viewership, on the other hand, will likely be left in a fog.


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