31 Days Of Horror - Messiah Of Evil (1973)

Also Know As:

  • Dead People
  • Revenge Of The Screaming Dead
  • Return Of The Living Dead
Messiah Of Evil

Messiah Of Evil isn't the type of movie you watch for its narrative.  Many plot points simply aren't explained, and the characters' actions don't always make sense.  This ends up working toward the movie's benefit though, because where it truly shines is in atmosphere and tone.  The whole movie feels like you're watching somebody's nightmare.

A young woman is searching for her father, a somewhat renowned painter.  She gets a tip that he may be in a small seaside town, but is warned not to go there.  She and some of her artistic acquaintances end up in the town anyway, and find it overrun with undead residents who feed on the living.

The feel of the movie is aided by an eerie and sometimes out of place soundtrack as well as numerous voiceovers.  The townsfolk are not traditional zombies, but rather just strange-acting people.  They do, however, slowly swarm in on their prey making for some really unsettling scenes.  If you have no tolerance for artsy-type movies, I can't say you'll enjoy Messiah Of Evil, but if you're in the mood for a chill chiller, I highly recommend this movie.


Movie: 4/5

Scary: 3/5

Creepy: 3/5