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Pyx [Import]

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3.0 out of 5 stars 70's Montreal drama w/ unique layered editing June 15 2007
By Dm Otis
First off -- this Trinity DVD release is of some old copy, quite possibly a Beta master tape the film would have been transferred to long ago. It atleast is in proper wide ratio (very wide -- 2:35:1 according to imdb) but the colour and detail and contrast are horrible. It is possible that this is the only remaining elements for the film -- but either way the releasing company spent NO money to improve it.

Still, the gritty look may have its charm for people who saw it on late night TV years ago. Karen Black is well worth watching. The editing tries a somewhat unique parallelling of past and present through using the same location that past and present events took place in, and cutting them together without inserting any device to indicate a change from one to the other (hopefully that makes sense).

For the cheap price you might feel the awful transfer is worth wading through.
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This DVD is of a little-known film made in Montreal in the early 1970s, starring a very young and beautiful Karen Black, Christopher Plummer and Quebec actor Donald Pilon. This film was often shown on TV in Canada throughout the 70s, and although I cannot call it a great movie, it does have a certain atmospheric quality to it which has stuck in my mind all these years.
This movie is one of a host of films that came out at around this time (see also: "The Devil's Rain", "Race With the Devil", "The Omen", "The Sentinel", etc.) which, influenced by the success of such films as Rosemary's Baby and especially The Exorcist, dealt with the theme of Satanism.
Police detective Plummer and his partner Pilon are called to the murder case of prostitute Black. We flash back to Black's final days, as clues gradually lead the detectives to a Satanic cult.
Plummer is good as the detective but the real star here is Black, who has never been more radiant, and who also sings the movie's hauntingly etherial theme song.
It's a pity that the DVD transfer of this film is so bad, because I really do like this film and would otherwise have given it 3 stars.
But unfortunately the money-grubbing DVD-making people at Beverly Wilshire were so cheap they did not even bother to do what most el-cheapo DVD release companies do when releasing a movie with a picture screen ratio wider than a conventional TV screen, which is to pan and scan. Instead, they merely went and squeezed the entire wider image into the smaller screen, thus giving us a movie of long, thin "stick people". Such lazyness is absolutely INEXCUSABLE, and I wish there were some way to punish these people who are obviously out to cheat the unsuspecting public.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 70's Canadian Cult Cinema Sept. 19 2012
By Movieman, Montreal TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The review is for Katarina's Nightmare Theater release of the PYX. I have been curious about this film for decades & I am glad I finally picked it up.
The Pyx is based on the novel written by John Buell, I grew up in Montreal and attended elementary school with his son. So, I knew about the book first, then years later I learned it was made into a film. This Canadian production is a an early example of Canadian Exploitation Cinema, during this period several productions were being made in Canada featuring American actors. Canadian film making was in it's infancy & the producers probably had their eye on making a dent in an American market. The Pyx also serves as a bit of a time capsule, as you get to see how Montreal looked back in the early 70's. Christopher Plummer plays a cop who is investigating the murder of prostitute, Karen Black. Plummer finds evidence of a devil cult, drugs, & the church being involved during her final hours. The storytelling style is interesting - from Karen's perspective it unfolds through a series of flashbacks leading up to the final days just before her death. It's a suspense thriller with supernatural elements. The version presented here is taken from the original film negative & it also features commentary with Karen Black & the original trailer. You can watch the movie with the intoduction from horror hostess Katarina, or just play the feature film. The Pyx is also known as "The Hooker Cult Murders", but this particular version is 2:35:1 widescreen, it has the best quality. This is the one to get if you are interested.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Post-hippy Satanic Creeper July 9 2004
The underbelly of a drugged-out, early 70s Montreal is laid out in the cold light of dawn in this eerie occult mystery. What happened to Ms. Black? That's what Christopher Plummer is trying to find out. Fans of Argento would enjoy this gritty, tough, and street-level film. If you're into 70s Black Sabbath one could see Ozzy, Tony, Geezer & Bill smoked out of their minds watching this in a dark, grimy Montreal grindhouse circa 1973. Cut the chatter and find this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Pyx is not one of my favorite Pics....... March 14 2013
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I like Karen Black a lot. I wanted to see some of her vintage stuff. I was expecting something a bit
scarier so I guess I was disappointed because although it was intriguing, I did not find that it qualified under the "horror" section under "Katrina's Nightmare Theater" So I can only give it 2 stars. At least now I know what a pyx is.
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