Messiah of Evil

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Messiah of Evil was my view of the San Fernando Valley… That bleak high street? If you walk through the San Fernando Valley at night, that’s what you saw.” – Willard Hyuck

Messiah Of Evil is one of the great lost films. Made by screenwriting team Willard Hyuck and Gloria Katz right before their breakout success writing American Graffiti, it details the unsettling relationship between a girl, her mysterious painter father, and a Northern California town full of bloodthirsty catatonic everyday people. There are standout zombie attacks in a supermarket and a movie theatre, as well as an appearance by ‘70s gay film icon Michael Greer – making the film an off-kilter killer.

Dir. Willard Hyuck, 1973, 35mm, 85 min.