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Sat, May 27 at Midnight


  • Dirs. Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz
  • USA
  • 1973
  • 90 min.
  • R
  • 35mm
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of 1973 and  Midnight Movies

Sat, May 27 at Midnight: Introduction from film critic Jason Shawhan | BUY TICKETS

After receiving a series of chilling letters from her reclusive father, Arletty (Mariana Hill, HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER) drives to the remote seaside town of Pointe Dune to discover the reason for her father’s developing madness. Upon her arrival, she encounters a mysterious trio of strangers investigating a local legend known as “The Blood Moon,” a curse that has transformed the inhabitants of the town into a terrifying horde of blood-thirsty maniacs! From the minds of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz (Oscar-nominated screenwriters of AMERICAN GRAFFITI), this low-budget gem’s heady blend of L.A. Noir, social satire, B-movie gore and its hypnotic, dreamlike surrealism — there’s a reason CARNIVAL OF SOULS is often mentioned in the same breath –– make for a uniquely strange and nightmarish horror film unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Enter Pointe Dune and prepare to be spellbound…

“One of the enduring classics of hippie horror, MESSIAH OF EVIL is a very California apocalypse, foretold in the stars.” —Jason Shawhan, Nashville Scene

“Straight-up weird. There are parts of the story that don’t make sense or aren’t explained completely but that doesn’t matter. Push beyond that and enjoy this hidden gem from the '70s.” —Sarah Jane, Talk Film Society