Sunday, August 11, 2013
THE NIGHT GOD SCREAMED (1971)
This film starts out with a very Charles Manson-esque hippie cult-leader character named Billy Joe who doesn't mind dabbling in a little murder in order to get his Jesus-y religious message across. He's basically Manson with a mid-west accent and some flowing white robes.The beginning portion of this is pretty cool and ends up with a guy getting nailed to a big wooden cross. From there it switches over to a little courtroom drama and finally ends up being a typical home-invasion story. The majority of this movie is way too goofy to get across any kind of message they may have been trying to convey and this takes away whatever sense of drama was trying to be built. It also has a very TV-movie-of-the-week kind of a vibe going on, no doubt due to it's PG-rating, that adds to the silliness quotient. There's also a twist-ending that doesn't really make much sense when you think about it too hard. Worth watching, the first quarter at least, for Manson aficionados but I'm not sure anyone else would dig it too much.
In the Spanish version apparently the Devil does all the screaming: