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195 Ratings

Messiah of Evil

Dead People

Directed by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz
United States, 1973
Horror, Thriller


Considered by many as one of the most horrifying and well received zombie films ever made, and as one of the least herald yet haunting of 1970’s horror film.

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Messiah of Evil Directed by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz

Critics reviews

For dedicated horror fans, Messiah of Evil is a bizarre, precious jewel; with little to no coherent plotline to speak of, what it lacks in narrative tautness it makes up for with its audacious visual style and some of the most terrifying horror vignettes ever produced within the genre.
December 05, 2018
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An understandably misunderstood, largely forgotten oddity of the seventies. Its greatest claim to fame may be the aggressive set design by a young Jack Fisk, but Messiah of Evil is an all-around surprising descent into cheapo hell that deserves a wider cult.
October 30, 2018
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This is a horror film somewhere between the low-budget ingenuity of Carnival of Souls and the mood of a Dario Argento or a Jean Rollin work. Exquisite death scenes take place in the most mundane of settings that are made all the more unsettling by Huyck and Katz’s command of negative space in their ‘scope shots.
March 09, 2016
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