The Pyx (1973)
aka The Hooker Cult Murders
Genre: Horror | Thriller | Crime
Country: Canada | Director: Harvey Hart
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 107mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 872×368 – 23.976fps – 1.45gb
Audio 2: Commentary with Karen Black
moderated by Marc Edward Heuck
A detective investigating the death of a heroin-addicted prostitute uncovers evidence pointing to the existence of a murderous devil cult.
Karen Black shines as Elizabeth Lucy, a heroin-addicted prostitute, in one of her finest roles from this under-rated and little-seen French-Canadian effort, filmed in Montreal. She also composed and sang three haunting songs which appear on the film’s soundtrack. Christopher Plummer is also first rate as the policeman investigating her mysterious death; with somber overtones and a feeling of dread, the film, the film alternates between flashbacks and current time.
Highly recommended, for those who like intelligence and thoughtfulness in their thrillers; they will not be disappointed with this one. The supporting cast is all equally proficient, and effective in their roles, especially Yvette Brind Amour as Meg the Madam. The grim and despairing world of heroin usage is presented unflinchingly as well in a hard-hitting way. The beautiful city of Montreal is presented in several time shots as well; to me, at any rate, one of THE very best and over-looked films of the early 1970’s.