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Messiah of Evil

Opens on December 1

Director: Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck Run Time: 89 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1973

Starring: Anitra Ford, Elisha Cook Jr., Joy Bang, Marianna Hill, Michael Greer, Royal Dano

One of the great grindhouse oddities of the 1970s, MESSIAH OF EVIL follows Arletty (Hill) as she goes on a search for her missing, artist father. Winding up in the creepy seaside town of Point Dume, Arletty uncovers a disturbing cult and finds the residents of the town turning into bloodthirsty vampire-like creatures. This surreal, Lovecraftian thriller from husband and wife team Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz (Howard the Duck) is an unjustly overlooked major work of independent American horror that’s primed for (re)discovery. We are excited to be able to screen this underrated gem in a brand new 4K digital restoration from our friends at the American Genre Film Archive and Radiance Films.

“One of the decade’s most visually audacious and inventive supernatural tales… certainly a film you’ll never forget and well worth discovering, preferably late at night with a big bowl of popcorn.” – Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

“This surreal, coastal-set tale of the undead isn’t merely underrated, it’s perhaps the most criminally underseen 70s horror in existence. It’s an unshakably creepy exercise in moody horror.” – Michael Gursky, Dread Central


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