A sinister secret has been kept in the basement of an abandoned Los Angeles church for many years. With the death of a priest belonging to a mysterious sect, another priest opens the door to the basement and discovers a vat containing a green liquid. The priest contacts a group of physics graduate students to investigate it. Unfortunately, they discover that the liquid contains the essence of Satan himself, and they also discover that he will release HIS father - an all-powerful Anti-God! The liquid later comes to life itself, turning some of the students into zombies as the Devil comes forward to release his father. Will these students be able to stop him?Written by
Several scenes were shot at the University of Southern California, which John Carpenter attended as a film student. See more »
(at around 56 mins) When Susan climbed onto Lisa's bed and sprayed the liquid "evil" into Lisa's mouth, the liquid was obviously sprayed from a tube behind Susan's mouth instead of from inside it. See more »
I've just watched it on DVD, and I screamed twice, which is more than most horror films get out of me.
This is the sort of thing that really scares me - demonic entities, bodily possession, slow burning tension and that nagging, ominous feeling that something horrible is happening just out of frame.
All the more effective is the fact that the demoniacally possessed in this film look absolutely normal, right until they spray green gunk on your face. OK, so there's a couple of give aways - the auto typing is a pretty obvious twist - but the tension is kept up high all the way to the end.
Ah yes, the end. I was preparing myself for the ghoulish twist, which is a bit of a John Carpenter trademark. This didn't stop me from letting out my second and loudest scream of the evening, and it'll be a while before I can even glance in the mirror again. Should do wonders for my vanity.
If gores' your thing, this will disappoint. But if you're looking for something that'll chill you to the marrow of your bones in a precise and economical fashion, you can't go far wrong.
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