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Equinox (Criterion Collection)
Equinox
Criterion Collection
Actors: Edward Connell, Barbara Hewitt, Frank Bonner, Robin Christopher, Jack Woods
Directors: Jack Woods, Dennis Muren, Mark Thomas McGee
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2006     1hr 20min

Before he took you to a galaxy far, far away, before he brought you face-to-face with living, breathing prehistoric beasts, Dennis Muren, the future eight-time Oscar-winning visual effects artist (Star Wars, Jurassic Park)...  more »

     
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Actors: Edward Connell, Barbara Hewitt, Frank Bonner, Robin Christopher, Jack Woods
Directors: Jack Woods, Dennis Muren, Mark Thomas McGee
Creators: Jack Woods, Mike Hoover, Dennis Muren, Mark Thomas McGee, Jack H. Harris
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Criterion
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 06/20/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 27
Edition: Criterion Collection
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Jeff V. (burielofmel) from HARRIMAN, TN
Reviewed on 6/10/2008...
The first time I saw this was just a couple of years after WKRP IN CINCINNATI went off of the air and I remember how cool I thought it was when I saw that Bonner, the guy who played HERB on WRKP was one of the main actors in this film. They eat Kentucky Friend Chicken and I think it's funny that they don't recognise the name MISTER ASMODEUS.

Update-I got this in June from here on the website. I can very highly recommend it. My previous review was based on a bootleg version I got on ebay years ago. The bonus features on this disc are amazing. It's one of the most interesting DVD / Bonuses I've ever watched. One of the girls in the movie was best friends with Stevie Nicks. It's weird thinking that while this was being made, the girl in the movie was hanging out with the woman who would be the welsh witch of Fleetwood Mac in about 8 years after the thing was being filmed. It's even more strange to imagine that the girl's future husband would one day also be married to Stevie NIcks. Then there is the Famous Monsters of Filmland connection. Forrest Akerman is on the bonus features in several places as well as his magazine Famous Monsters. Usually bonus features stick with stories of what goes on the set while the movie is being made but the features here go so deep into the lives of the film makers that you feel like you're looking at old photo albums and home movies of some old friends who just happen to have made a movie.
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Movie Reviews

Are your friends worth having? Show 'em Equinox and find out
J. Martin | Portland, OR USA | 06/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Call them litmus tests. There are certain movies, TV shows, bands and books that, if you like them, make you a bit of a misfit. But, misfit or not, you LOVE them. You believe everybody should love them, but not everybody does. You want to be around other people who love them. If you try to turn other people on to these things, it goes one of two ways: A) They laugh and tell you how weird you are for liking this, or B)They love it too, and you have a friend for life.

The first reaction, unfortunately, is more common; that's the way this misfit business works. It can be heartbreaking, like the time you tried to get that happening girl to like the Cramps and she asked if you could play some Air Supply instead. But when you meet a fellow misfit? When you connect with that bent soul who understands the difference between Just Schlock and Transcendent Schlock? When you find that cute girl in the Ramones shirt who understands that three chords and lyrics about surfing are better than 50 chords and lyrics about wizards and demons? We're talking soulmate.

And speaking of demons, the new, two-disc set for "Equinox" is chock-full of 'em...and is about the best litmus test to come out this year for separating fellow misfits from the folks with whom you may need to reconsider your friendship. It's not that this is a good movie. By any reasonable standard, it's probably not good.

But "Equinox" sits among that rare class of films to which reasonable standards don't really apply, that place where good and bad collide head-on to create something that's fun, messy, amateurish, sloppy, inspiring and unforgettable all at the same time. Not everybody will like it, of course, for on the face of it, "Equinox" is nothing more than a cheap 60s horror flick. Cute girls. Bad acting. Plenty of monsters.

It's the 'plenty of monsters,' though, that makes this movie such a gas for all the misfits of the world. Monsters, after all, are the cornerstone of a REAL horror flick. None of this demented-guy-in-a-hockey-mask crap! Forget those monster-free Edgar Allan Poe flicks. I'll say this one time: with only a few notable exceptions, HORROR MOVIES ARE BETTER WHEN THEY HAVE MONSTERS. And, boy howdy, does "Equinox" have some good ones! There's the big reptillian gorilla thing. The flying demon. The Green Giant (though he sure looks blue to me). These were all created, of course, by Dennis Muren and friends, long before he would go on to win Oscars and work on SFX blockbusters such as "Star Wars," "The Abyss" and countless others. For "Equinox," Muren and company scraped together a few thousand bucks, made a few puppets and managed to shoot a minor classic in somebody's back yard. Talk about the DIY ethic!

But monsters without context do not a classic make! "Equinox" goes the 'professor-who-dabbled-in-things-beyond-his-comprehension' route to get the mayhem rolling. In this case, it's one Dr. Waterman who's gotten his hands on some ancient Satanic text and decided to give demon-conjuring a whirl. Not a smart move, but we wouldn't have horror flicks if characters didn't do monumentally stupid things now and then, so I'll have no complaints. Most of the movie is filled out with four California teenagers battling the monsters Dr. Waterman has stirred up, all the while trying to steer clear of the devil himself who arrives on the scene cleverly disguised as a park ranger.

Even if you're an "Equinox" lover, the movie itself is just part of the fun of this set. There are lots of short documentaries with oodles of info on the production. (Your reaction to the revelation of various SFX secrets will almost certainly be both "God, that's cheap" and "Hey...these kids were pretty clever!)You also get tons of stills, commentary, and even the full, original version of the movie from 1967 before additional footage was shot for its theatrical release in 1970.

So go for the full-on "Equinox" litmus test. Have some people over for a screening. The folks who are glued to their seats as the closing credits roll are friends you'll treasure for life. And the ones who roll their eyes when the girl wants to go to Dr. Waterman's to get a Coke? The ones who say, "I'm soooo sure" when the devil shows up wearing a Smokey the Bear hat? Let them go, dear misfits. Just let them go."
Unintentional Masterpiece
J. MacAyeal | libertyville, illinois United States | 04/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This could possibly be the greatest decision Criterion has ever made. This film is beyond the creativity or hilarity of Ed Wood or any other low budget horror flick. The film "Evil Dead" owes it's very life to Equinox. This is a proud addition to any horror collection and can sit alongside the Criterion version of Carnival of Souls on my shelf as soon as it is released. It is a sure thing you will never be the same when you see the flying devil-head bat thingie attacking a teenage girl. Now if Criterion would only release "The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant.""
Lost "Masterpiece" Finally Resurfaces
David Lopez | Green Valley, AZ | 05/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have only fleeting memories of this low-budget epic (remembered fondly from numerous showings on San Francisco's KTVU Channel 2's Bob Wilkins' hosted "Creature Features"), but that fact notwithstanding, even though I've not seen the flick in decades (two, to be exact), I'd searched virtually EVERYWHERE for a copy, either on VHS or DVD, with no luck (apart from the guy on eBay hawking bootlegs which he promised were in an exceedingly crappy condition).

So it was with a great deal of excitement that I finally learned this thing was finally being released as part of the Criterion Collection. I've no idea whether it will live up to my admittedly hazy memories of it as being an ultra-cool Monster Mash, or if it will turn out to be a horrible disapointment, but here's to Criterion for having the cajones to give this a proper DVD release."