Friday, April 21, 2023

Happy 50 to Messiah of Evil!

This week marked the 50th anniversary of one of my favorite horror movies, the strange and surreal Messiah of Evil! And so I wrote about the movie for Mashable -- click here to read that. I only myself became aware of Messiah within the past few years -- as per everything cool I learned about it from our Final Girl fave Stacie Ponder first. But the film was obscure for a very long time, until the last decade or so when it started getting noticed thanks to a couple of physical media releases. And now the movie's streaming on both Shudder and Amazon (there is a shitty-quality free copy of it on Prime, so pay the two bucks here to rent it or watch it on Shudder, where they have the beautiful restored version.) As I say in my Mashable piece this movie's a mess but it somehow works because or in spite of that, and the two scenes pictured here -- the movie theater scene and the grocery store scene -- are legit masterpieces of tension-building. I hope I turn on some people to it who haven't seen this groovy weirdo before! It's choice stuff!


Jon said...

The scene in the grocery store is a stone cold classic!

DownDownYouFool said...

This is a birthday worth celebrating! I’ve been a huge fan of this movie since I first saw it 20 years ago, after which I hunted for a decent print for years.