The set design, in particular the original paintings, is not the only thing that sets this film apart from others of the genre but it’s what I talk about most when I mention Messiah of Evil: atmosphere as character.
It’s exciting to hear things about a film I thought I’d never know much more about. And the connections that this production had to others that I like – not coincidently because of the studio shake-up alluded to in the documentary – are extensive. Of course, we were a smaller population back then. From Eraserhead, through Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, to The Warriors, they are to my taste amongst the best company in terms of overall style and artistic achievement.
Something else Willard Huyck says in this clip is to me a clear indication of just what went wrong with Tim Burton later in his career:
“They [the producers] know what they want… usually has something to do with branding …something they made before, or a ride at Disneyland, or something.”
Complementing this release with the typical extra features are two additional short-film transfers directed respectively by writer and director team Gloria Katz and Huyck.