Messiah of Evil

Messiah of Evil ★★★★

This is cinema of dread. The plot doesn't matter as much as the feeling that this movie engenders as you watch it. A young woman returns to find her father, only to find that he's missing. The town is a beach town not far from where I live, Point Dune -- though I can't help but think that it's purposeful that it sounds like POINT DOOM. The town is strange, uninviting -- the movie is all warm colors and cool colors -- like it's an Antonioni horror movie with all the things from euro movies that was popular in the early 70s. Voice over, long extended takes, a love of cinema -- it's all here.

But what was most exciting during this re-watch was that when the daughter first goes to find her dad, she is told to go to a motel where some strangers were also looking for her artist father. So she goes to ROOM 237. Is this the Kubrick connection? Is this a Stephen King connection? It's Shining all over the place. I love this flick.