Sunday, October 2, 2011
MESSIAH OF EVIL (1973)
I've tried watching this movie a couple of times and fallen asleep very soundly. Having finally endured the whole thing I have to say this is probably one of the worst horror films made in the whole decade of the 70's. Things just sorta happen throughout the movie with only a half-assed explanation given. There's a town full of pretty well behaved zombies that work as a team. They do eat their victims but we never actually see that on screen. We never actually see much gore at all just a little blood that comes out of peoples eyes for no reason and a nice throat-slitting pre-credit sequence. There's a zombie guy that looks like he stepped out of THE OMEGA MAN who shows up everywhere. The most memorable scene is that fellow biting a mouse's head off and drinking it's blood but I feel like I've seen that in way better films also. This was shown last night on a double bill with THE DRILLER KILLER and the difference between those two films is like night and day. D.K. is a loud in your face movie filled with energy and there's always something fucked-up going on. It's also not hard to follow whereas this thing is just a muddled mess that's not worth trying to decipher. It's sort of like if you took your typical nonsensical 1980's Lucio Fulci gore film and removed all the gory bits and added an annoying voice-over. That would be fucking awful and that's what you get here.