Messiah of Evil

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In Brief: Have you ever wondered what would happen if the husband-and-wife screenwriting team that penned the scripts for American Graffiti, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Howard the Duck decided to co-write, produce and direct a movie about cannibalistic ghoul vampires inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and George Romero? Well they did, and the AFS will celebrate the return of its horror series at The Black Cloud by showing just that. The tragically overlooked 1973 cult classic Messiah of Evil bears the unmistakable influence of Robert Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Carl Dreyer's Vampyr and George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (all of which we've shown recently), but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this lost masterpiece. It's not without its flaws, but it's easily one of the strangest films we've ever programmed and a fitting homage to the sadly departed AFS member who suggested it in the first place.
Genre: Horror
Director: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz
Starring: Michael Greer, Marianna Hill, Joy Bang, Anitra Ford, Royal Dano, Elisha Cook Jr.
Rated: R

The Asheville Film Society’s Thursday Horror Picture Show moves to Mondays with a screening of Messiah of Evil at The Black Cloud on Monday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m., hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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