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The Pyx

The Pyx – 1973
Harvey Hart

Robert Schlitt – screenplay
John Buell – novel

Karen Black
Christopher Plummer
Donald Pilon


Review by Wayne Malin

Black is the whole show here,

Prostitute Elizabeth Lucy (Karen Black) is found dead at the beginning–she fell (or was pushed) from the top of a building. Police sergeant Jim Henderson (Christopher Plummer) investigates and finds himself involved in satanic rites, ritual killings and more. Also there are flashbacks to the last few days of Lucy’s life to see what happened to her.

Interesting but very confusing. It starts off pretty good with Black singing (and doing a credible job) over the opening credits and throughout the film. Then it gets very involved, the story gets muddled and murky and leads to an unsatisfying end. To be honest I’m STILL not sure what happened! Also there’s bad overdubbing of voices, poor direction and a hysterically bad score at the end which sounds like a bunch of Munchkins signing! The acting is pretty good considering the material. Plummer (a great actor) looks miserable and gives a rare bad performance. Black however was just great. It’s a very difficult role and she pulls it off. I kept watching solely for her. So–if you do want to see it see it for Black.

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