Messiah of Evil aka Dead People
September 10, 2011 10:48 PM Subscribe
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee (8 comments total)
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1973's Messiah of Evil (aka Dead People, aka Revenge of the Screaming Dead)
) is arguably the greatest Lovecraftian arthouse zombie movie ever to be written and directed by Oscar-nominee friends of George Lucas.
Despite finding belated release (albeit not with original ending) after writer/director duo Willard Hyuck & Gloria Katz's catapulting to fame with American Graffiti
's cryptic plot, languid pace, psychedelic mise en scène
and refusal to conform to the model of sub-Romero exploitation flicks would doom its chances of commercial appeal at time of release. Internet-era reappraisals of the film
, however, would find merit in its uniqueness; equal parts zombie movie, slasher flick, eerie psycho-thriller and artsy student effort, all combined under a potent atmosphere of dread akin to only a few contemporary underappreciated releases.
Of particular note to zombie academics may be the film's pioneering of the running zombie, as well as the appearance of jumping, falling, fighting, shopping and cinema-ambush-orchestrating varieties of same.
Having slipped out of copyright and into the public domain, the film can be viewed online in its entirety.
In honour of Code Red's DVD release
of the film, the creators gave their recollections about the production (intercut with minor spoilers)...
Remembering Messiah of Evil pt. 1
Remembering Messiah of Evil pt. 2