Messiah of Evil (1973)
⭐⭐Rating: 1.5 out of 4.
A dated, slow-moving horror movie very much of its time that has, perhaps due to the dreamlike visuals and general weirdness of the presentation, been positively re-evaluated in recent years. The premise should be familiar to those who have watched a lot of similar films: a young woman travels to a sleepy seaside town in search of her father, an artist who has vanished mysteriously. The residents are an odd bunch, of course, and for good reason, as it turns out. Filmmakers Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, who will forever live in Hollywood infamy for foisting their cinematic adaptation of Howard the Duck on the world in 1986, certainly knew how to craft visually interesting compositions, but like many movies from the late 1960s and early 1970s, it’s a meandering, apparently drug-fueled slog that has no real dramatic drive; sort of the filmic equivalent of a sleeping pill.