A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.
2.35 : 1
Horror, Fantasy, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Church, Priest, Devil, Satan, Secret
Demonic Possession, End of the World
Deliberate, Ominous, Atmospheric, Talky, Stylized
Has Detailed Data (New)
1, 2, 3
Count - Awards
US Box Office
Country Of Origin
The movie opens with a dying priest clutching a metal box. The priest was protecting the box and soon it is found out why. The box contains a key that opens an area beneath a derelict church. The area contains a room that holds a terrifying secret.
A Vicar (Donald Pleasence) begs for help from a professor called Howard Birack (Victor Wong) and a group of physics students to investigate this room and a mysterious cylinder in the basement of the derelict Los Angeles church. The cylinder contains a twisting, green gooey liquid. The students attending the experiment are Walter, Wyndham, Kelly, and Catherine. Among these people investigating this is a Metaphysican who is named in the film as Marsh (Jameson Parker), Lisa, a theology student who can translate ancient scriptures, Susan, a professional radiologist, and Dr. Lahey. Next to the cylinder is a book inscribed in three different languages which they try to decipher.
After reading Lisa's translation of the written passages found next to the cylinder, it is discovered that the liquid is actually Satan, the devil incarnate. The liquid itself appears to be a living organism, producing increasingly complex data that is revealed by computer decoding to include differential equations and sending the computers into data overload. One of the students decides to call it a night and is brutally murdered by a tramp (Alice Cooper) with part of a bicycle frame. Another student called Wyndham is brutally stabbed with scissors after having bugs crawl on his face and body.
The next two days develops into something sinister as small jets of liquid escape the cylinder and possess the group one at a time, causing them to attack and incapacitate the remaining students. Kelly is injured, and a bruise forms. The bruise, Catherine eventually realizes, is the astrologer's staff seen in ritual magic. Kelly has been marked. From outside Wyndham returns back from the dead and says he has a message from Satan for the rest of the group. He says the words: "Pray for death" and his body erupts into a swarm of beetles. His head falls off and more bugs crawl out until his body dissolves and only his suit remains. An infected student called Conor, a Christian trying to fight the effect of the liquid, tries to take his own life by jabbing a piece of stair bannister into his throat.
They try to escape the church and they are stopped outside by possessed homeless people who are trying to kill them. Birack and the Vicar soon start to realise that Satan is actually the son of an even more dangerous and powerful force of evil—the "Anti-God"--who Satan plans to bring into this world and therefore damn it for eternity.
The survivors that still remain find themselves sharing the same dream, apparently a subconscious vision that has been sent as a warning to not just the group but also mankind from the future year 1999. It shows a distorted vision sequence of a shadowy figure emerging from the front of the church. The vision and the shadowy figure shown seem to change slightly with each and every reoccurrence of the dream. A voice overheard as the vision plays out each time warns the 'dreamer' that they are witnessing an actual broadcast from the future and they must alter the course of events to prevent Satan from completing his evil plan.
Eventually, the cylinder is opened and the entire gooey substance is entered orally into the body of Kelly, having been chosen. She becomes the ultimate incarnate of Satan: A gruesomely disfigured being, with powers of telekinesis and regeneration, who attempts to bring the Anti-God through a dimensional portal using a powder puff mirror. He fails at first because the mirror is too small to bring his father into the human world. Realizing his mistake, Satan finds a larger wall mirror, and begins to pull the Anti-god's hand through it as most of the group are immobilized in fights with the other possessed members.
Catherine Danforth (Lisa Blount), whom Marsh is in love with, begins to sob. She does not know what to do, whether to save Marsh from the possessed Conor or stop Satan's plan. As she is the only one not immobilised like the others, decides to stop Satan's evil plan and tackles the possessed Kelly with both of them falling through the portal in the mirror. The Vicar then smashes the mirror with an axe, trapping Satan, the Anti-God and Catherine on the other side of the mirror. Catherine is seen briefly on the other side of the mirror reaching despera
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