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Messiah of Evil (1973)

R | | Horror | 2 May 1973 (USA)
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.

Directors:

Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz (uncredited)

Writers:

Willard Huyck (screenplay), Gloria Katz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Greer ... Thom
Marianna Hill ... Arletty (as Mariana Hill)
Joy Bang ... Toni
Anitra Ford ... Laura
Royal Dano ... Joseph Lang
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Charlie
Charles Dierkop ... Gas Attendant
Bennie Robinson Bennie Robinson ... Albino Trucker
Morgan Fisher Morgan Fisher ... Unknown
Emma Truckman Emma Truckman ... Unknown
Dyanne Asimow Dyanne Asimow ... Unknown (as Dyanne Simon)
Herb Margolis Herb Margolis ... Unknown
Alex Michaels Alex Michaels ... Unknown
Walter Hill ... Stabbing victim in Prologue
Laurie Charlap-Hyman Laurie Charlap-Hyman ... Unknown
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Storyline

After losing contact with her artist father, Arletty travels to the coastal town Point Dune. She does not find him and stumbles upon Thom, a weird wealthy man that is travelling with two lovers, Toni and Laura, to meet her father. She reads his diary and soon she realizes that there is something strange with the residents of the Californian town. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In order to live, they will take you one by one ... and no one will hear you scream! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

Shot over the course of two months in 1971, though not released until 1973. See more »

Goofs

The sound towards the end somehow develops a three-second delay from when the characters open their mouths to when we actually hear their voices. See more »

Quotes

Thom: Give a girl a pair of shoes, and she walks out on you.
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Alternate Versions

The recent DVD release (under the title Messiah of Evil) contains a version of the film that omits the song "Hold on to Love" that opens and closes some versions of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in SS Biker Freaks (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Hold On To Love
Music and Lyrics by Eliane Tortel
Sung by Raun MacKinnon
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Atmospheric but Messy and with Disappointing Conclusion
12 December 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After losing contact with her artist father, Arletty (Marianna Hill) travels to the coastal town Point Dune. She does not find him and stumbles upon Thom (Michael Greer), a weird wealthy man that is travelling with two lovers, Toni (Joy Bang) and Laura (Anitra Ford), to meet her father. She reads his diary and soon she realizes that there is something strange with the residents of the Californian town.

"Messiah of Evil" is an atmospheric horror film with a messy screenplay and disappointing conclusion. There are several great scenes and creepy deaths with wonderful cinematography. However the character Thom never works and his arrival to the house of Arletty's father is ridiculous. The living sharing Point Dune with the dead is also absurd. Last but not the least, there is no satisfactory explanation for the transformation of the dwellers into zombies. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Zumbís do Mal" ("Zombies of Evil")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Messiah of Evil: The Second Coming See more »

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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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