Messiah of Evil
Directed by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz
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. William Huyck & Gloria Katz's hypnotic, unsettling independent horror is a must-see gem.
A young woman heads to a mysterious seaside town in search of her father, in one of the great cult gems of 70s horror.
Cast: Michael Greer, Marianna Hill, Joy Bang
I heard about this movie from Kim Newman's Nightmare Movies and managed to track it down a decade later via one of those sets of 50 public domain movie collections that did the rounds in the early 2000s. I knew to expect a bit of a mess narratively but thought it was much better than it had been painted. From the opening scene in the garden to the end it creates an unsettling and uncanny atmosphere. The Shudder presentation cleans up the video and sound no end. It's weird but it works.
this movie has a weird ethereal vibe to it that makes it feel like the scenes just glide through each other, which in it's own way is captivating. The downside of that, is that the plot doesn't exist. Sure there are plot beats that are poorly put into motion, but other than that it feels non-existent. that isn't a bad thing for an art house film but this movie clearly wanted to have a cohesive plot and it just doesn't. Still, this movie has some decent cinematography and the color palette feels like a lite Giallo movie.
Genuinely well-done. Great colors and cinematography. Story was tight.
Definitely a good movie.
Dark and creepy with a good story and interesting ideas , I love the atmosphere because it was like perfectly fitting to the style of the movie.Even though certain parts are boring it's not losing any points because it drives everything else so well. Grocery store scene was the best part.