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Pyx [Import]

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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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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Remastered Version This Forgotten Film Deserves Oct. 24 2011
By John McCabe - Published on Amazon.com
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For everyone wishing for a re-mastered version your wait is over. This newly released DVD from the original negatives is as good as it gets and a badly needed improvement over previous fuzzy versions.

There is no need to repeat what other reviewers have said about this movie other than if you are looking for a standard fare horror shocker avoid it. It is more of a detective story with a haunting quality.

Extras include amusing commentary by Karen Black who does not appear to like this movie remembering little about the plot. Most of Karen's commentary critiques the other actors (she liked Christopher Plummer) and the cinematography. There is also no chemistry between her and the other commentator who rambles on like a film school professor.

Still the extras are appreciated and all in all a very nice effort by Scorpion Releasing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 70's Cult Cinema Sept. 19 2012
By Movieman, Montreal - Published on Amazon.com
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 young son. So, I knew about the book first, then years later I learned it was made into a film. This is a Canadian production & it's an early example of Canadian Exploitation Cinema, during this period several productions were being made in Canada featuring American directors & 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.If you like this movie, another Canadian production worth checking out is The Silent Partner which was shot in Toronto just a few years later, it stars Elliot Gould, Susannah York, Christopher Plummer & a very young John Candy.
5.0 out of 5 stars To all Karen Black fans March 30 2014
By Tracys - Published on Amazon.com
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great flick starring the late Karen Black really love this murder mystery suspense movie truly a hidden gem that truly needs to be seen to appreciate.
5.0 out of 5 stars Near classic subtle horror film June 6 2013
By Morris G. Vescovi - Published on Amazon.com
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The film opens with Christopher Plummer as a detective investigating the death of prostitute Karen Black. The film switches back and forth from Plummer's investigation to flashbacks of what happend to Karen Black and how she ended up being killed. The detctive realizes that she was the victim of a satanic cult. This is a very suspensful and incredibly well acted and directed film. This has plot and character and not blood, gore and monsters. There is in fact very little horror in the film. It could pass as a detective murder thriller except at the end. In this confrontation, the head of the cult tells the detective several things , such as what the detective was thinking when his wife was killed in an accident, that he could only have learned from a supernatural source. Karen Black's character, a wayward Catholic, redeems herself towards the end. By current standards it might be considered to slow but I found it very involving. I was surprised to find out what a pyx is. Leonard Maltin give this 3.5 stars and it deserves it. I don't know why this film is not better know.
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