Messiah of Evil

Director: Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz
Year Released: 1973
Rating: 2.0

With her father having gone missing - his diary suggests he's had a mental breakdown - Arletty (Marianna Hill) travels to his empty home in California, and while there encounters swinger Thom (Michael Greer), his two lovers Toni (Joy Band) and Laura (Anitra Ford), plus a lot of people who seem hypnotized by the night sky.  While it's sloppily assembled and doesn't make a whole lot of sense upon even the slightest scrutiny (it doesn't bother with a lot of explanation), as a low budget horror film there are some genuinely unsettling moments, like the scenes where Toni gets trapped in a movie theater (the marquee reads: "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye") and when Laura is locked inside a supermarket by a cannibalistic church group.  Fun fact: the man at the beginning of the movie running for his life is none other than filmmaker Walter Hill.