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The Pyx

1973

From IMDB: A detective investigating the death of a heroin-addicted prostitute uncovers evidence pointing to the existence of a murderous devil cult. This MPEG2 was ripped from Mill Creek's Gore and More 10 Movie box set, this version is sort of widescreen (letterboxed) but it was apparently cropped on both sides to make it a more matted widescreen (why?) I just wanted to let you know that I didn't do this, it was probably whoever was in charge of releasing this film on home media originally. The AVI provided has the black spaced cropped off and it is deinterlaced.



The Pyx (also known as The Hooker Cult Murders and La Lunule) is a 1973 Canadian supernatural thriller film starring Karen Black and Christopher Plummer. It is based on the 1959 book of the same title by Montreal author John Buell.

Plot

A motorist witnesses a woman falling or jumping from a tenement building. Police arrive on the scene and find a crucifix and a small metal container (a pyx). While investigating the death, a detective in the city of Montreal enters the world of prostitution, drug addiction, Conspiracy (crime), and the occult. As the investigation continues, it is revealed that the dead woman is Elizabeth Lucy, a prostitute and Opioid dependence. Suspects in Elizabeth's death are soon murdered one by one, and evidence of occult ritual begins to surface, leading to a confrontation with a cult leader who may be possessed by Satan himself.
The Pyx alternates from after Elizabeth's death to before, until the climax.

Cast

  • Karen Black as Elizabeth Lucy
  • Christopher Plummer as Det. Sgt. Jim Henderson
  • Donald Pilon (actor) as Det. Sgt. Pierre Paquette
  • Jean-Louis Roux as Keerson
  • Yvette Brind'amour as Meg
  • Jacques Godin as Superintendent
  • Lee Broker as Herbie Lafram
  • Terry Haig as Jimmy
  • Robin Gammell as Worther
  • Louise Rinfret as Sandra

Production

Filming began on August 24, 1972, and was completed on October 2, 1972. It was filmed in Montreal, Canada, and includes much French dialog, alongside the main dialog in English.

=Music=

The music was composed by Harry Freedman, with actress Karen Black lending her vocal talents.

Category:1970s thriller films
Category:Supernatural thriller films
Category:1973 films
Category:Police detective films
Category:Canadian thriller films
Category:English-language films

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