Messiah of Evil (1973)

Messiah of Evil (1973) movie poster

directors Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz
viewed: 04/08/2018

Beautifully shot, full-on surrealism, Messiah of Evil is David Lynch before David Lynch, through a Night Gallery prism. Cosmic horror on the California coast.

Marianna Hill is Arletty, a young woman who has come to the small burg of Point Dune to seek out her artist father. She finds his house empty, the interior covered from floor to ceiling in modernist murals, the likes of which Dario Argento might envy. And something dark and looming is afoot here at the edge of the world.

Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz’s semi-obscure cult film is a gorgeous nightmare infused with social commentary. The world is dead, and the people that roam the streets of Point Dune are as empty as the town itself. I noted an odd anti-consumerist message?

Elisha Cook Jr delivers a great scene in a hotel room, to the last living inhabitants of the world.

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye indeed.

I need to see this film again.

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