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The first reaction, unfortunately, is more common; that's the way this misfit business works. It can be heartbreaking, like the time you tried to get that happening girl to like the Cramps and she asked if you could play some Air Supply instead. But when you meet a fellow misfit? When you connect with that bent soul who understands the difference between Just Schlock and Transcendent Schlock? When you find that cute girl in the Ramones shirt who understands that three chords and lyrics about surfing are better than 50 chords and lyrics about wizards and demons? We're talking soulmate.
And speaking of demons, the new, two-disc set for "Equinox" is chock-full of 'em...and is about the best litmus test to come out this year for separating fellow misfits from the folks with whom you may need to reconsider your friendship. It's not that this is a good movie. By any reasonable standard, it's probably not good.
But "Equinox" sits among that rare class of films to which reasonable standards don't really apply, that place where good and bad collide head-on to create something that's fun, messy, amateurish, sloppy, inspiring and unforgettable all at the same time. Not everybody will like it, of course, for on the face of it, "Equinox" is nothing more than a cheap 60s horror flick. Cute girls. Bad acting.Read more ›
The truth is, Equinox would probably have not been released on DVD, if at all, and if it eventually did would have been given the minimalist movie-only Goodtimes treatment if not for Brock's valiant efforts whose passion and persistence helped to champion this film as a first-class Criterion release. The result is nothing short of an archival tribute to those whose careers this film had launched: Dennis Muren, the visual effects wizard behind Star Wars, Terminator 2 and The Abyss and the late David Allen whose stop-motion work on The Primevals remains unreleased to this day. Famous Monsters of Filmland editor Forrest J.Read more ›
I had never heard of Equinox before Criterion put it out (although I had seen some stills of the Taurus monster from it) and I am not a Criterion completist and I really fell for this film. I watched both versions (the original and the theatrical release a very nice extra!!) within days of each other. The movie is a crude attempt at a horror/monster film but it is made with the passion of talented hardcore fans. It hits all the cliches yet it has an irresistable naivete. I got a shiver of pleasure every time it pulled a monster or a photographic trick out of its hat (and there are a considerable number of tricks in this zero budget film that are impressive). There is a wonderful can do spirit that hangs over this film both in its amateurish acting and its ingenious effects.
The filmmakers poured all of their passions into this little film and it shows. In that way, this highly personal film is more at home in the Criterion Collection than the coldly calculated films of Michael Bay.Read more ›
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Wow, I'd forgotten how bad this movie is--but in a good way. It has a great "do-it-yourself" feel, and the effects still hold up well, considering that CGI was but a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chuck Smith
A no-budget classic created by a group of talented young filmmakers. The double DVD is filled with fascinating behind the scenes extras as must for anyone interested in movie... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jose Pelaez
THE EQUINOX is a high-concept, $6,000 budget (!) wonder that basically tells the same story as Sam Raimi's wildly over-the-top offering, THE EVIL DEAD, only without the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Hose Knows (aka Jinzo Ningen)
I had gotten this DVD right away great job!) and I enjoyed both versions. However I enjoyed Equinox the later version, (the creepy forest ranger/demon was a great touch.)Published 13 months ago by Terry Bardy
i saw this movie in 1973 on WTTV, channel 4 out of indianapolis, on the sammy terri show, it was scarry and i loved it . Read morePublished 19 months ago by luckyduck
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