Film #154 in MY YEAR OF MUBI
"Shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent."
A masterpiece of subtle horror.
Does such a great job in capturing the clash of cultures of the early '70s. Delves into some deep paranoia between religious sects, specifically Christianity ideals versus those of other religions.
It starts simply enough as a simple detective film, then builds itself into a terror of a wild and crazy tale pitting a man versus a colony of crazy folks. It's amazing how well the pacing works in this film.
The ending is fantastic, of course, but it's the performances by both Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee that truly nail the tone of this film. Their clash is awesome to watch.
This is a flick that EVERYONE should have a chance to experience.
Frickin' creepy and remarkably well crafted.
One of the best.