31 Favorites #12: Messiah of Evil

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Messiah of Evil is a gloriously artsy B-movie about a young woman named Arletty who goes on a search for her missing father. Her journey lands her in a small coastal town full of flesh eating zombies. After teaming up with a strange group of characters, Arletty discovers that the townspeople are awaiting the return of someone they call The Dark Stranger, an evil being who returns every 100 years to wreck havoc. Will Arletty escape? You'll have to watch to find out!

Messiah of Evil is admittedly kooky overall. But there are also some genuinely creepy parts (the scene in the movie theater immediately comes to mind). It’s also oddly beautiful and surreal. If you’re able to get past the strange convoluted plot, and the fact that many questions are left answered, you’ll be greatly rewarded.

Plus, the film was written and directed by the same husband and wife team who brought us Howard the Duck, American Graffiti, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. If that doesn’t give you an idea of how eclectic this film is, I’m not sure what will.

Three Things I Love About It:

  1. The film radiates with a dream-like quality that’s difficult to describe. If you’ve ever wondered what a horror film made by Jodorowsky and Argento would be like, I don’t think you could get much closer.
  2. Even in its silliest moments, everything in the film feels like high art.
  3. Messiah of Evil is truly unique and memorable. The tone of the film is fairly peculiar, and after seeing loads of horror films I can say that there’s not much else out there like it.
     
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