MESSIAH OF EVIL (1973)
When I pushed play and sat down to watch this film… I had no idea what surprises were in store for me. I went in with the expectation it would be a badly dubbed predictable story about a Satan worshiping cult… killing randomly for “evil purposes” (aka… no reason). Half-way through the opening sequence, I realized I should never judge a film by its title…
The story is simple enough. A woman travels to a secluded town to search for her missing father. She meets a group of people who are also visiting the town researching a local urban legend. They soon discover something sinister is going on and its up to them to solve the mystery and stop it from happening.
All of the characters are interesting and have substance. There are no cut-and-dry stereotypes. The dialogue is well thought out and cleverly written.
The lighting and set design has Dario Argento’s ‘SUSPIRIA’ all over it. It not only was well executed (unlike the disaster that was ‘THE BLACK CAT/DEMONS 6).. but it brought more to the table and added a supernatural enigmatic vibe.
I also cannot stress this enough… there were legit horror scares in this film. This did not rely on… or take the easy way out… with fake scares. The way it was shot.. had me breathless… watching something as simple as a man looking at someone.
I was pleasantly surprised by how good and well made this film was. It’s very difficult for someone to try and explain how weird, obscure, and creepy this film can be. It’s hard to track this film down… but trust me… it’s well worth the trouble.