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The Eighteenth Angel (1998)

Christopher McDonald , Rachael Leigh Cook , William Bindley  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher McDonald, Rachael Leigh Cook, Stanley Tucci, Wendy Crewson, Maximilian Schell
  • Directors: William Bindley
  • Writers: David Seltzer
  • Producers: David Seltzer, David Turchi, Douglas Curtis, Jim Burke, William Hart
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F35Z
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Eighteenth Angel" on IMDb

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"Satan will no longer be beast... but beauty!" That declaration comes early in The Eighteenth Angel, signaling the kind of horror movie we're in for: thick and cheesy. When that line (and others like it) is uttered by mad monk Maximilian Schell, it's even creamier. Schell is ushering in the return of the Antichrist by genetically engineering Satan's minions, but he needs the transplanted faces of beautiful humans to complete the task. Enter Rachael Leigh Cook (pre-She's All That), who travels with dad Christopher McDonald to Italy, perilously close to Schell's monastery-laboratory. The movie has lots of Omen- style devilry, and it's somehow reassuring to see Omen screenwriter David Seltzer still flogging the old 666 gimmick. The genre has its kicks, but the execution here is pretty clumsy, and Cook is a clueless heroine. For pure camp value, however, Maximilian Schell approaches Rod-Steiger-Amityville-Horror status. --Robert Horton

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An ancient Etruscan order has been keeping time with a 500-year-old clock - a clock that foretells the triumphant return of Lucifer. In the ultimate marriage between science and Satan, the rector of this dark order hopes to merge the soul of the beast with the beauty of the angels in fulfillment ofhell-raising prophecy. With the help of an outcast genetic researcher, he has already created the human blanks which will embody the devil's soul. Now all he needs is a beautiful face. Christopher McDonald (Requiem for a Dream, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams) and Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That, Josie and the Pussycats) star with Stanley Tucci (Maid in Manhattan, Road to Perdition), Wendy Crewson (The Santa Clause 2, The 6th Day) and Maximilian Schell (Deep Impact, John Carpenter's Vampires) in a spine-tingling thriller written by David Seltzer, author of the horror classic The Omen.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent flick great acting January 21, 2003
Rachel Leigh Cook plays Lucy stanton, a beautiful young girl who wants something exciting to happen. She kind of gets her wish. She meets a man who promises to make her a famous model. what he really intends to do is use to her to reincarnate Lucifer. Rachel was impressive even back when she made this semi horror movie. The actingis incredible from Cook and Christopher McDonald (who plays her father). There are a lot of other striking performances in the film but most of them are actors that I didnt recognize and can't say I have seen since. If you want to watch a movie with a decent story line, very few plot holes, and an exceptionally well acted cast ,this is the film you want. I enjoyed it immensely and have been a fan of Rachel ever since.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought... July 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I was in a video store the other day when the cover of this movie caught my eye. It looked like a typical, cheesy B-horror movie ("The Crow Flies, The Clock Strikes And the Devil is Due"--words from box cover), but when I saw that Rachael Leigh Cook ("She's All That") starred in it, I knew I had to get it.
I was expecting a badly acted/directed horror movie, but surprisingly enough, I thought it was quite good. It really isn't a horror movie per se, it's more of a suspense movie. It did seem longer than 90 minutes as there aren't a lot of high-intensity action scenes (as one reviewer noted). I won't get into the plot as there are enough reviews to do it justice. The ending was both surprising and typical and I won't spoil it as a couple of reviewers have already done (but if you've seen a lot of horror movies, you can already guess the ending).
All in all, this movie was better than I thought it would be. It actually has a plot and a decent storyline, much more than I can say for some other horror movies I've seen. It may offend some that are deeply religious, as there are some scenes of pseudo-Satanic rituals (but somehow I don't think they would be watching these kinds of movies if they were). But if you're a fan of the incomparable Rachael Leigh Cook, I highly recommend this movie as it showcases her previous modelling experience quite well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Eighteenth Angel (William Bindley, 1998)
The first thing you need to know about this movie is that it was written by David Seltzer. If the name means nothing to you, it will after two words: The Omen. You should, by now, have a basic idea of where this movie came from, where it's going, and how it's going to get there.
Lucy Stanton (Rachael Leigh Cook, recently of AntiTrust and Twenty-Nine Palms) wants to be a model. Her mother (Wendy Crewson of 24) is dead set against the idea, and her father (Christopher McDonald, who will forever be remembered as the sleazy Tappy Tibbons in Requiem for a Dream) is just trying to achieve a little harmony in the house. Lucy tags along with her mother to an interview one day, and the two of them meet Father Simeon (Maximillian Schell). Lucy's mother suffers an untimely death while Lucy finds herself getting courted by a modeling agency, who offer to take both Lucy and her father to Italy. All seems on the level, until Father Simeon pops up again...
Let's face it. A bunch of guys in robes standing around chanting to the devil just isn't that novel anymore. Good for amusement purposes, but really, you might as well just go all-out and see The Omen (for that matter, just watch the first three movies back to back, they're all more interesting than this). Rachael Leigh Cook is gorgeous, and some of the special effects are good, but overall the movie could have used a good kick in the pants now and again to get it back on track and throw in a twist or two. **
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3.0 out of 5 stars BEDEVILED February 1, 2004
In watching this okay thriller, I found myself wondering just how many different ways Satan is planning to come back to earth. This new one about the eighteen angels is one of the wackiest so far, coming supposedly from the Etruscan Book of the Dead. First of all, they get eighteen angels, but only need one? And then when 17 of them are burned to a crisp, what did the purpose serve?
Writer David Seltzer must still harbor Satanic feelings, as he is the one who created Damien Thorpe in "The Omen." While that seventies film provided lots of chills and great actors, "Angel" gives us an undebatedly beautiul Rachael Lynn Cooke, a sturdy father in Christopher McDonald and an overacting Maximilian Schell, but it's all been done so much in the past, there's little suspense or thrills involved. Only Wendy Crewson's spiraling fall is disturbing and upsetting.
David, if you're going to write more Satanic resurrections, try some more imagination, and maybe let the good guys win every once in a while.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best horror movie I've ever seen! April 24, 2000
By Thanos
Format:VHS Tape
I wish I could give It 6 stars, but there is a limit! The first time I saw the "Eighteenth Angel" I had nightmares. That means that it was scary even for me (I've seen lots of horror movies, by the way). There are 4 thing that I liked in this film. Firstly, the pretty good acting from both Christopher Mc. Donald and Rachael Cook. Secondly, the general Idea that Satan may come to earth without being noticed. The end may have allready started... Thirdly, the clock scenes (you can understand what they are and how they are connected to the movie only if you see it) which keep the viewer's interest unspoiled till the end. Lastly, the very good ending which is hard to achieve in this kind of horror movies. All in all, this is one of my best movies. You MUST see it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOST EXCELLENT MOVIE! Must See!
I am glad that their lips match what is being said! Some dvd 's are Lip SYNC-ING, and this one is not.

Published 8 months ago by sareen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good acting and lots of tension
This film starts by asserting, and this is the basis of the film, that the biblical book Isaiah, chapter 14, speaks about Satan. Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Israel Drazin
4.0 out of 5 stars ANTICHRIST SUPERMODEL...
Rachael Leigh Cook (11:14) stars as a young girl caught up in a centuries-old, satanic conspiracy. It seems that an ancient clock has been ticking away the minutes (for 500 years)... Read more
Published on May 21, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Still has the same bang from when I first saw it!
Rachel Leigh Cook portrays the role of an angsty teen perfectly as her mother suicide's for mysterious reasons. Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by Christian A. Lainez
4.0 out of 5 stars Y'all seem to be missing The Point.
What seperates this movie from others of its genre is threefold:

1. The Satanists see themselves as the *good* guys.

2. Read more
Published on October 28, 2005 by Robin Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's good
Alas, modern filmmakers can produce something that looks pretty good, even when the movie is God-awful. Read more
Published on January 11, 2005 by P. M Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Watch, but not up to par
Not up to par in what this film COULD be.

Maximillian Schell totally makes this film.It's his malevolent presence that adds the tinge that takes this from a below... Read more
Published on December 8, 2004 by Santeria
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes it's bad...but it's good
Ok...yeah the premise for the movie was kinda cheesy and a bit warped. But speaking on that front, it was no more cheesy and warped than any other movie of its genre. Read more
Published on August 28, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars BBBAADDD!!!
I'm sorry if I'm discouraging anyone by saying this but THAT MOVIE WAS SOOO SICK! Who in their right mind makes a movie about beautiful people (Rachael leigh Cook) getting their... Read more
Published on December 2, 2002 by Rachael
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