The Astrologer (1975) (Blu-ray Review)

The Astrologer (1975) (Blu-ray Review)

The Astrologer (1975) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Astrologer (1975) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: James Glickenhaus
Starring: Bob Byrd, Mark Buntzman, James Glickenhaus
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films

Before he became NYC’s favorite ’80s action auteur with hits like THE EXTERMINATOR, THE PROTECTOR and SHAKEDOWN, as well as executive producer of grindhouse classics that included MANIAC COP, FRANKENHOOKER and BASKET CASE 2 & 3, writer/director James Glickenhaus made his feature debut with this bizarre tale of government skullduggery, satanic killings, zodiacal mayhem and messianic horror. Playboy centerfold Monica Tidwell (NOCTURNA) stars in the “ultra obscure and undeniably fascinating” (Fright.com) thriller – also known as SUICIDE CULT and a one-time U.K. Section 3 ‘Video Nasty’ – based on the acclaimed novel by John Cameron, now featuring a 4K scan from the director’s personal answer print and loaded with all-new Special Features.

Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk! There is certainly a whole heck of a lot of talking going on in this weird one from Severin Films called The Astrologer (aka The Suicide Cult). Just like Jesus, a child is born that is supposed to be the second coming and this has both good and bad going for the child. On the bad side is a cult leader that looks a lot like Jesus and on the good side is a guy who’s ol lady might be the new Virgin Mary named Alexei. His name is pronounced Alex-i (extra “I” in the pronunciation. You could make a drinking game out of every time someone says his name but if you did that you’d be dead before the movie ended. None the less, this battle from good and evil to get this child is regulated to mostly just talking an some trippy editing. I have to admit I expected a lot more from the director of The Exterminator but sadly a good companion to that isn’t the case. We mostly just have people move things along slowly and talk with very little in the way of action.

There’s some cult stuff going on here and the bad guy of the film is very creepy. If only he was used better than he is I think we’d have a lot more to say about him. The editing like I mentioned before is a bit odd too as they went for the whole hippie thing. It isn’t awful and adds some good stuff to the tone of the movie but it just doesn’t really have anything else to bring that up to go along with it. If you do like it enough to learn some more about it after you’ve seen it, we do have some interviews in the extras to keep you busy. We also have a location thing in there as well. I expected more, I’ll be honest. But if the transfer isn’t awful if you are looking for some positivity.

Extras

  • BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM
  • Sign of the Times – James Glickenhaus on The Astrologer
  • Monica Tidwell Remembers The Astrologer – Interview With Actress Monica Tidwell
  • Tales From the Set – Interviews with Filmmakers Brendan Faulkner and Frank M. Farel
  • Suicide Cult Reversible Cover

Quality of Transfer: 85%

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