Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Pyx (1973)

Director: Harvey Hart

Writers: Robert Schlitt, John Buell

Composer: Harry Freedman

Starring: Karen Black, Christopher Plummer, Donald Pilon, Jean-Lous Roux, Yvette Brind'amour, Jacques Godin, Lee Broker, Terry Haig, Robin Gammell, Louise Rinfret

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Demons Hunger

Plot: A detective investigating the death of a heroin-addicted prostitute uncovers evidence pointing to the existence of a murderous devil cult.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

The Trinity Home Entertainment DVD is a mixed bag.  I was pleased that the film is presented in what looks like its original aspect ration of 2.35 : 1 and it's formatted for 16:9, but the image is dirty and dark.  I'm OK with filthy prints, especially with films like this where it sometimes adds to the experience, but the image is often so dark it's difficult to see everything as it was intended. The end credits are almost completely illegible.  The disc does not include any extras, not even a trailer.  As for the movie, it's not that bad.  Some will find it a little slow and it might take some time to get used to the mixing of the flashbacks of Elizabeth's (Black) last day with Detective Henderson's (Plummer) investigation of her death.  The performances are quite good and the music score and songs (sung by Black) work very well, too.  Perhaps with a better print I might have enjoyed the film more.  Or better still, if I could have seen this 40 years ago at a drive-in...that would have been fun.

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