• 电影名称 Equinox

  • ——It was a peaceful mountain retreat until IT came home...
  • 中文名称 黎明前的野兽
  •  类型  恐怖 / 冒险 / 悬疑
  •  国家  美国
  •  语言  英语
  •  时长  1 hr 20 min (80 min)
  • 上映时间 October 1970 (USA)

Equinox

A professor, Dr. Waterman(Fritz Leiber Jr) accidentally unleashesdemonic terror in a forest and four young adults are the ones who mustsquare off with monsters created by Asmodeus(Jack Woods, the directorwho would pad the student short film into a full feature film),possibly the Devil himself. Asmodeus wishes for the return of his bookand subsequently possesses members of the group so that he can secureit from the hands of Waterman's student David(Edward Connell). Davidand his pal, Jim(Frank Bonner)were out for a possible picnic-date withlady-friends Susan(Barbara Hewitt)and Vicki(Robin Christopher)when theydecided to stop off to meet Waterman for a visit..Waterman hadsomething he wished to show his prized student David, changing thelives of these innocents forever. The film opens with David escapingthe woods upon a highway where he hit by a car driving by itself. At anasylum, clutching a cross, David now completely psychologicallydamaged, is stuck in a padded cell. Reporter(James Phillips)desiresmore information on a second piece about David and the past events thatoccurred to him. David's doctor allows the reporter to listen toDavid's recollections which make up the events which unfolded in theforest to him and his friends.

I will give a lot of love to the "little film that could." The versionI watched was the feature length film from what is regarded a superiorshorter version which I hope to eventually sit down and watch someday.This version is still a lot of fun for those who can look past somedialogue woes, a cast of non-actors, and issues with RobinChristopher's hair..all these "weaknesses/problems" obviously come withno-budget film-making. I think fans of B-movie creature features andstop-motion animation, in the Willis O'Brien/Ray Harryhausen tradition,will be entertained. I think the film captures an enthusiasm and joy atwork thanks to imagination(..despite some of the dialogue, there's somethought given to the premise regarding a book which can open thegateway to a very dangerous world where evil can exit into our plane todisrupt and destroy)and craft from gifted kids who put forth quite aneffort thanks in part to their love for the horror/sci-fi/fantasy ofyesteryear. It'd be easy for someone to write it off as cheesy andcheap(..the cackling old man in the cave, the green caveman monster,Bonner's Jim's constant hokey criticism of girlfriend Vicki & RobinChristopher's acting all might fuel that argument), but you're notgetting that lip-service from yours truly. I felt it had a distinctive50's creature features feel which might propose from haters thatEQUINOX is merely a dated relic..but, I look at it as a beloved homage,created by youths tooling their limited resources and collectiveenergy, and came out with a fun product. This should be an inspirationfor every low-budget filmmaker. But, I'd definitely be lying if Ididn't point out that without the terrific stop-motion work ondisplay(..the ape-creature which looks very similar to Harryhausen'salien Venus monster in "20 Million Miles to Earth" and an awesomedemon-bat creature with claws that snatches up Susan at one point)thisfilm wouldn't go over quite as well.
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