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Messiah of Evil

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Director: Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz Run Time: 80 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1973

Starring: Anitra Ford, Elisha Cook Jr., Mariana Hill, Royal Dano


VERY SPECIAL GUEST in attendance – Legendary schlock-cinemanic distributor/producer extraordinaire TERRY LEVENE – founder of Aquarius Releasing, one-time owner of the Selwyn Theatre, and master of mad-sploitation marketing mayhem!! Post-screening discussion moderated by Chris Poggiali from TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK!

March into madness when THE DEUCE intro-deuce-es you to the maudlin mayhem of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz’s 1973 atmospheric art-housey-horror: MESSIAH OF EVIL!! Or – as it was known by the 2-bit, 2-buck patrons of the Selwyn Theatre audience on its 1983 release: DEAD PEOPLE!

Plus: Prizes and surprises at the after-party with music by Maestro Jeff! Hosted and presented by THE DEUCE JOCKEYS: Jeff, Andy, and Joe!

From the husband and wife team scriveners of American Graffiti, comes a terrifyingly different take on nighttime small-town-America streets… Unsettling strangeness in a Los Angeles suburb… Bohemians bewildered by abounding weirdness… a daughter lost in search of her elusive artist-father – finding phantoms and a frightening Albino…  and classic Hollywood character actors like Elisha Cook Jr. and Royal Dano!! Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, zombies… or are they just meat loving maniacs??

MESSIAH OF EVIL (aka DEAD PEOPLE aka THE SECOND COMING aka REVENGE OF THE SCREAMING DEAD aka BLOOD BUSTERS aka DEEP SWAMP) may not answer all its mysteries – but its miasma of malaise will seep into THE DEUCE this March… and into your nightmares!!

All DEUCE screenings are 35mm presentations.
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Deuce Jockeys: Jeff, Joe, Andy, Max, Andrew
Featuring drink specials courtesy of Fernet Branca