I am always quite skeptical when I go into these cult-classic type films, and Equinox is one of those that I have heard good things about for years. I was incredibly happy to find out that this low-level b-movie lives up to the hype and really delivers on an incredibly fun, campy experience. It's the type of film that I found myself gushing over the ingenuity of it all. Essentially it's about a group of teenagers who are attacked by a demon, after discovering a demonic book, leading to an abundance of demonic monsters being summoned from hell to stop them. Sounds awesome, right? Is that acting pretty bad? Absolutely and there are some unintentional hilarious moments because of it, but that doesn't take away from the abundance of ingenuity. On a shoe-string budget, the special effects are cheesy, but wildly inventive, with all sorts of camera tricks and optical illusions. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this film directly influenced Sam Raimi, not only from a story standpoint, but also stylistically. The film uses some frantic point-of-view work that helps to illicit mood, while also having an abundance of kinetic editing, quick zooms, etc. Lot's of memorable scenes throughout from the Ranger (who ends of being the Demon responsible) essentially molesting one of the college girls, a great stylistic sequence, to the abundance of fun, cheesy monsters. Really enjoyed this one, and the perfect type of film to watch with a group of people and some beers...
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