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Messiah of Evil Blu Ray

Messiah of Evil Blu Ray


A woman arrives in a sleepy seaside town after receiving unsettling letters from her father, only to discover the town is under the influence of a strange cult that weeps tears of blood and hunger for human flesh. From Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, the writers of American Grafitti, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Howard the Duck, this dreamy and atmospheric film transposes the post-Night of the Living Dead zombie movie to a surreal small-town American setting, presented through gorgeous Techniscope visuals that echo the stylish European horror of Mario Bava and Hammer. A true cult film, Messiah of Evil, which was also released as Dead People, has overcome distribution challenges to enjoy growing awareness and high acclaim after decades of word-of-mouth enthusiasm among horror cinema fans and critics around the world. LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: New 2023 restoration from a 4K scan of the best-surviving elements of the film from the Academy Film Archive Uncompressed mono PCM audio Audio commentary by critics and horror experts Kim Newman and Stephen Thrower Archival interview with co-writer-director Willard Huyck by Mike White from the Projection Booth Podcast A new documentary on the film with more information to be revealed Visual essay on the American Gothic by critic Kat Ellinger Trailer English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow Limited edition 80-page booklet featuring new and archival writing Limited edition of 3000 copies, presented in rigid box and full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings More to be confirmed!


  • 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Archival audio interview with Benny Chan who discusses his start in the industry, A Moment of Romance, and his collaborators on the film (2016, 21 mins)
  • In Love and Danger: HK Cinema Through A Moment of Romance – A new visual essay by critic and Asian cinema expert David Desser on the genre tropes in A Moment of Romance and their use in Hong Kong cinema (2023, 26 mins)
  • Audio commentary by Asian cinema expert Frank Djeng
  • Newly translated English subtitles by Dylan Cheung
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the iconic cast and crew by critic Sean Gilman; and a profile of Benny Chan by Tony Williams, co-editor of Hong Kong Neo Noir
  • Year: 1973
  • Running Time: 90
  • Color Type: Color
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Language: Cantonese with English subtitles

Directed by Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck

Additional information

Weight 4 oz

4K, Blu Ray

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