It's Labor Day, and even Eegah!! needs some time off, so, after months of dilligent negotiations, we have managed to finally drag Zillagord from his lair, and he has agreed to share his thoughts, as guest host tonight! If it all works out according to plan, Big Z will be sitting in from time to time on a semi-regular basis from now on!! So, without any further delay, here he is, the guy who has a more profound and entertaining insight into life, music, and film than most large creatures from small islands, put your hands together for Zillagord and his first review for The Dungeon, it's a good one, "Messiah Of Evil!"
Like the following seemingly unrelated prologue to the flick:
"Hold On To Love" (holding onto our lunches while listening), we cut to the above shot with a voice-over by Arletti, played by the comely Marianna Hill, also seen in genre flicks “Invisible Strangler,” “Blood Beach,” and “Schizoid.” Marianna also did loads of TV work, including the role of Dr Helen Noel in the Star Trek episode “Dagger of the Mind.” Put your Photon Torpedoes back in yer pants Trekkies, no nipples in this flick. Arletti warns us that we are about to journey to a place where “No one will hear you scream.” Probably because everyone’s fingers are still inserted in their ears from that abominable theme song!!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Daddy’s home!
One more time! “Hold OOOOON to LOOOOVE”
“Messiah of Evil” ultimately has some great visual ideas and a genuine undercurrent of dread but is undone by some cock-eyed scriptwriting and poor editing (which I theorize may be due to the scattered script). I even left out some crucial details, like the tears of blood, the Blood Moon, and the Donner Party-- that’s how much they tried to cram in!! “They” being screenwriters Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, who amazingly also co-wrote “American Graffiti.” Huyck also wrote “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Perhaps more indicative of his talents, though, is that he also directed “Howard the Duck.” “Messiah” is not THAT much of a turkey, although it’s one stuffed bird of a flick!