Equinox

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Overview

Four teens head into a forest in search of a long-lost scientist played by science fiction novelist Fritz Leiber. Monitoring the kids' every move is a forest ranger Jack Woods, who is in reality the ancient demon god Asmodeus. When the kids come across a precious book of incantations, the ranger conjures up an intimidating variety of horrible monsters and nightmarish visions, the better to retrieve the volume. The man responsible for the special effects in Equinox is Dennis Muren, who began the film as a ...
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Overview

Four teens head into a forest in search of a long-lost scientist played by science fiction novelist Fritz Leiber. Monitoring the kids' every move is a forest ranger Jack Woods, who is in reality the ancient demon god Asmodeus. When the kids come across a precious book of incantations, the ranger conjures up an intimidating variety of horrible monsters and nightmarish visions, the better to retrieve the volume. The man responsible for the special effects in Equinox is Dennis Muren, who began the film as a nonprofessional 16-millimeter project in 1967. The picture was completed by director Edward Connell, using the same cast throughout the actors' ages noticeably fluctuate from scene to scene. Long a Late Late Show staple, Equinox in time garnered a cult following, and later appeared on video under the title The Beast.
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Special Features

Disc One: Equinox and the Equinox...A Journey Into the Supernatural; New, restored high-definition Digital transfer of the 1970 theatrical release; For the first time on DVD, the original 1967 version of the film, The Equinox...A Journey Into the Supernatural; Two audio commentaries: One by writer-director Jack Woods and producer Jack H. Harris, on the 1970 release. And one by effects photographer, producer, and director Dennis Muren; writer-codirector Mark McGee, and matte artist, cel animator, and effects techinican Jim Danforth, on the 1967 version; Video introduction by Forrest J Ackerman; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; ; Disc Two:; Interviews with Muren and actors Frank Bonner, Barbara Hewitt, and James Duron; Deleted scenes and outtakes from the 1967 version; Archival stop-motion test footage; The Magic Treasure, a rare animated fairy tale by Equinox effects animator David Allen; Acclaimed Kong Volkswagen commercial by Allen, including test footage; Zorgon: The H-Bomb Beast from Hell (1972), a short film featuring Equinox crew; Extensive gallery featuring rare stills, promotional material, and more; Trailer and radio spots for the 1970 theatrical release; A booklet featuring tributes from George Lucas and Ray Harryhausen and a new essay by Brock DeShane
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • UPC: 037429195420
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 2:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,216

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Connell Dave
Barbara Hewitt Susan
Frank Boers Jr. Jim Hudson
Robin Christopher Vicki
Jack Woods Asmodeus
Jim Phillips Reporter
Fritz Leiber
Patrick Burke Branson
Technical Credits
Dennis Muren Director, Producer, Special Effects
Jack Woods Director, Screenwriter
David Allen Special Effects
John Caper Jr. Score Composer
Jim Danforth Special Effects
Jack H. Harris Producer
Mike Hoover Cinematographer
Robynne Hoover Makeup
John Joyce Editor
Mark Thomas McGee Original Story
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Equinox - The Films
1. Eternal Balance [3:00]
2. Phantom Menace [2:11]
3. Psychotherapy [5:40]
4. Fateful Phone Call [2:50]
5. Double Date of the Damned [3:26]
6. Passing the Book [6:58]
7. Fried Chicken and Necromancy [3:50]
8. Body Snatchers [7:17]
9. Incubus [3:14]
10. Bible of Evil [6:51]
11. White Magic [3:04]
12. Day of the Demon [9:43]
13. Possessed [2:11]
14. Encounter With Asmodeus [5:10]
15. Monstrosity [8:13]
16. Satan's Wrath [6:00]
17. "My Cross!" [2:32]
18. Color Bars [:01]
1. Setting the Mood [3:00]
2. Changes [2:11]
3. Preserving the Budget [5:40]
4. The Cast [2:50]
5. A Chore/Voices [3:26]
6. Fascinated/Viable Product [6:58]
7. KFC [3:50]
8. "All the Answers"/Harris Bio [7:17]
9. The Ring/Coercion [3:14]
10. Cutting/No Explanation [6:51]
11. Tapestry [3:04]
12. John Cassavetes/Suspense [9:43]
13. "Absolutely Bonkers" [2:11]
14. Italics/Affected [5:10]
15. Landmark/"Tough Enough" [8:13]
16. "Just Right" [6:00]
17. Dr. Lichtenstein [2:32]
18. Color Bars [:01]
1. Deadly Omen [2:57]
2. The Cogs of Time [:00]
3. Investigating Evil [2:05]
4. Faces of the Dead [:12]
5. Lost Highway [5:02]
6. It Came From Another Dimension [5:58]
7. Within the Woods [1:10]
8. Cave of Lost Souls [:28]
9. What About Watermann [2:16]
10. Netherworld [3:39]
11. Taurus Attacks! [4:18]
12. Trapped in a Nightmare [6:57]
13. Secrets of the Equinox [2:19]
14. Beyond the Barrier [:54]
15. Hell Creature [7:56]
16. A Year and a Day [5:03]
1. Passion [2:57]
2. Inspired Lettering [:00]
3. Puzzled Quality [2:05]
4. Casting [:12]
5. Music [5:02]
6. "Another Mystery" [5:58]
7. Effects Techniques [1:10]
8. Cave Construction/Grandfather [:28]
9. Filler/Leiber [2:16]
10. Copying/Live Effect [3:39]
11. King Kong Inspired [4:18]
12. "Full of Dead Ends" [6:57]
13. "Dave's Idea" [2:19]
14. Forced Perspective [:54]
15. Explanations/Third Sequence [7:56]
16. "Kids Having Fun" [5:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Equinox - The Films
   Video Introduction By Forrest J Ackerman
      Play
      About Forrest J Ackerman
   Equinox
      Play
      Chapters
      Commentary
         On
         Off
         Index
   The Equinox...A Journey Into the Supernatural
      Play
      Chapters
      Commentary
         On
         Off
         Index
Disc #2 -- Equinox - The Supplements
   Monstrous Origins
      Outtakes
      About the Outtakes
      Taurus Test
      About the Taurus Test
   Dennis Muren Interview
      Play
   Cast Interview
      Play
   Zorgon: The H-Bomb Beast From Hell
      Play
      About Zorgon
   David Allen Appreciation
      The Magic Treasure
      "One From the Heart: Recollections of the Magic Treasure"
      Volkswagen Commercial
      Commercial Test Footage
      "Kong at Cascade"
   Equiphemera
      Index
         Origins of the Equinox
         On Location
         Designing the Demonic: Visual Effects
            Tentacled Terror
            The Cave
            Charlie the Corpse
            Taurus
            Skeleton Puppet
            The Green Giant
            Flying Demon Sequence
            Matte Paintings and Miniatures
         Publicity and Promotion
         Beyond the Barrier
         David Allen's Kong
         Buried Treasure
   Trailer and Radio Spots
      Trailer
      Radio Spot 1
      Radio Spot 2
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    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Even for the 70's, this is some of the worst acting I have ever seen.

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