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Servants of Twilight (1991)

  Tags: anti-christ, based on book, Belinda Bauer, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken, cult, Dean R. Koontz, devil, evil child, Grace Zabriskie, Jarrett Lennon, Jeffrey Obrow, Richard Bradford, servants of twilight

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Jeffrey Obrow
95 minutes
Bruce Greenwood, Jarrett Lennon, Belinda Bauer, Grace Zabriskie, Richard Bradford, Carel Struycken

This is another one of those films I saw growing up and really liked and have since always wanted to revisit to see if it'd still live up to my expectations a decade later. Probably one of the lesser known, and surprisingly decent child ant-Christ films, and after finally re-watching the movie, it's not as good as I remembered, but it's still an interesting time-waster. Based on a novel by Dean Koontz the story follows a private investigator who's hired to protect a mother and child from a fanatical religious group, who think the boy is the anti-Christ foretold in the book of Revelations. The minions from the "Church of Twilight" led by an exceptionally crazy "Grace Spivey," are sent one, after the other, to hunt down the boy and take his life before he's old enough to become far too powerful to stop.

What I liked most about the film is how it plays with the audience in whether or not the kid really is the anti-Christ or not, and the ending caught me off guard when I first saw it, but watching it now, it seems fairly obvious what the outcome would be. The movie also delivers a decent amount of action, as the "servants" go after the child, offering a number of deaths and interesting sequences, but as far as "horror" goes, there's very little of it. It's more of an action-thriller with little horror elements here and there. Seven-foot-tall actor Carel Struycken (Adams Family) makes an appearance as one of the lead servants and proves to be a worthy foe, while the P.I. does most of the ass-kicking throughout the film.

As far as the long line of anti-christ films go, this is a decent watch, and a guilty pleasure of mine, and although it doesn't offer much "horror" it delivers an interesting hour-and-a-half of entertainment value. Worth a check.

Posted on July 11, 2009 - 3:13am | FrighT MasteR