With the lucid visual poetry of Lynch's Lost Highway or Argento's Suspiria, and the loose daydream logic of 1971's Let's Scare Jessica To Death, Messiah of Evil is an early arthouse zombie film. There are very few scenes that aren't memorable, whether it be due to the style, atmosphere, creative ideas, or the acting (Greer was a high-class actor.) The resolution, however, is rushed, robbing some of its purity.
Thoroughly enjoyed this one. A zombie film that had more in common with HP Lovecraft than George Romero. The nightmarish storytelling with lack of explanations made this film all the more ethereal. The sometimes difficult to listen to theme song added to the nightmarish quality of the film.
In the vein of some Cormanesque seaside horror classic, but with a bunch of brainless zombie coming to bore you. I suppose some very good cinematography by Stephen Katz suffices for people to scream at a masterpiece or a hidden gem, but they are probably accustomed to modern horror movies. If this one is not as famous as The Fog or Humanoids from the deep, there should be some reason.
I just picked up the remastered dvd which, for some mysterious reason, is not available on Netflix. My reaction: Antonioni adapts Shadow Over Innsmouth! Very good horror film that is more style than substance...but what style! Review coming soon:)