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Two guys and two girls search for a scientist and find a forest full of monsters and a demon king. Special effects by Dennis Muren.
It is truly wondrous that Criterion selected the obscure sci-fi cult gem, Equinox, to bestow with classic status. Filmed in Bronson Canyon, Los Angeles, three teens used their college funds to make the $6500 film about four kids who stumble upon a Satanic bible with tragic consequences. David (Edward Connell), Susan (Barbara Hewitt), Jim (Frank Bonner), and Vicki (Robin Christopher) see a medieval castle, find an old man living in a cave, enter an alternate universe, and fight several monsters, including the devil, all in the course of an afternoon. In the same demonic spirit as Rosemary's Baby, released two years prior, Equinox's occult thrill factor is amplified by Harryhausen-like special effects courtesy of Dennis Muren (Star Wars, Jurassic Park). Reminiscent of King Kong and the sci-fi greats of the 50s, Equinox would be ideally viewed in a drive-in. This Criterion box set contains both the original version, titled The Equinox, and the superior 1970 remake by Jack Woods, who stars as Asmodeus, a possessed Park Ranger. An introductory film stars Forrest J. Ackerman, discussing his influential magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. A second disc includes test footage, silent takes, an interview with Dennis Muren, and the short film Zorgon: The H-Bomb Beast fron Hell. The booklet contains a critical essay about Equinox as well as introductions by George Lucas and Ray Harryhausen. This package sets Equinox in historical perspective, adding yet another dimension to a film that already takes place in several. --Trinie Dalton
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Shot at a cost of $6,500, this movie is the best example of low
buget movie making there is. (with the exception of Night of the
Living Dead, that is.)
I saw this film when I was 15. It was double billed with the
movie "House of Dark Shadows". That was back in the days when
movie theaters had only one screen. They would pair two movies together for one price! (a nice practice that I would like to
see come back!)
Anyway House of Dark Shadows, (a movie version of the old afternoon horror soap opera)was suppose to be the scarry
movie. But Equinox frighten the "H" out me! I had nightmares for
weeks after seeing it.(my mother banned me from watching horror movies for two months!).
I'm glad that this great movie has now been released on to dvd.
But I'm not so thrilled that its Criterion who is releasing the the film.
While it will be given the first class treatment that it deserves by Criterion,
I frankly dislike the high prices Criterion charges for its dvds. $40.00 is a lot to spend for a two disc set.
Such prices are more often reserved for boxed sets.
But if your're a real fan of classic B-movies. Then the price
is well worth it.