Equinox

Equinox

Directed by Jack Woods • 1970 • United States

Before he took you to a galaxy far, far away, before he brought you face-to-face with living, breathing prehistoric beasts, Dennis Muren, the future nine-time Oscar-winning visual-effects artist (Star Wars, Jurassic Park), joined forces with a group of talented young filmmakers to create an homage to the creature features of yore in the eerie monster mash Equinox. Deep within the woods and canyons of California, four teenagers happen upon an ancient book containing the secrets of a strange, malevolent world that coexists with that of mankind. This $6,500-budget wonder (originally called The Equinox . . . A Journey into the Supernatural) was picked up for distribution by producer Jack H. Harris (The Blob), who shot new footage for the film with writer-director Jack Woods and released it in 1970 as Equinox. Since then, the film has gained a passionate cult following and inspired succeeding generations of horror/fantasy filmmakers.

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  • Equinox

    Directed by Jack Woods • 1970 • United States

    Before he took you to a galaxy far, far away, before he brought you face-to-face with living, breathing prehistoric beasts, Dennis Muren, the future nine-time Oscar-winning visual-effects artist (Star Wars, Jurassic Park), joined forces with a grou...

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  • Forrest J. Ackerman on EQUINOX

    Legendary writer, editor (of “Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazine), and science-fiction historian Forrest J Ackerman discusses the two versions of EQUINOX, their impact on genre filmdom, and their legacy.

  • Monstrous Origins: Outtakes

    The silent outtakes and test footage presented here reveal the youthful energy and creativity behind the original version of EQUINOX, 1967’s THE EQUINOX . . . A JOURNEY INTO THE SUPERNATURAL.

  • Monstrous Origins: Taurus Test Footage

    The silent outtakes and test footage presented here reveal the youthful energy and creativity behind the original version of EQUINOX, 1967’s THE EQUINOX . . . A JOURNEY INTO THE SUPERNATURAL.

  • Dennis Muren on EQUINOX

    In this interview, director Dennis Muren recalls his childhood fascination with effects photography, his amateur filmmaking experiences, and the collaborations and technical achievements that have led to his status as one of cinema’s foremost visual effects artists.

  • EQUINOX Cast Interview

    This interview features actors Frank Bonner (a.k.a. Frank Boers Jr.), Barbara Laughray (formely Hewitt), and James Duron (who played the Green Giant) discussing their roles in the two versions of EQUINOX and their reactions to the film today.

  • David Allen Appreciation: THE MAGIC TREASURE

    EQUINOX’s effects animator, David Allen, was a revered figure within the effects and stop-motion animation community until his untimely death, in 1999. Presented here is piece of his best and rarest work: a puppet-animated fairy tale called THE MAGIC TREASURE.

  • David Allen Appreciation: Volkswagen Commercial

    EQUINOX’s effects animator, David Allen, was a revered figure within the effects and stop-motion animation community until his untimely death, in 1999. Presented here is a classic commercial he created for Volkswagen.

  • David Allen Appreciation: Commercial Test Footage

    EQUINOX’s effects animator, David Allen, was a revered figure within the effects and stop-motion animation community until his untimely death, in 1999. Presented here is test footage for a commercial he created.

  • Radio Spot 1

    This promo was created for the 1970 theatrical release of EQUINOX.

  • Radio Spot 2

    This promo was created for the 1970 theatrical release of EQUINOX.